Justice for the Lakota People

We partner with the Lakota to help renew Indigenous culture and secure Native autonomy and self-determination.

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Take Action to Stop KXL

Tell your congressional representative and the UN Environment Programme's executive director to take a vocal stand against the Keystone XL pipeline.

Ongoing Campaigns

Dedicated to reversing the slow genocide of the Lakota People and destruction of their culture, the Lakota People’s Law Project partners with Native communities to protect sacred lands, safeguard human rights, promote sustainability, reunite indigenous families, and much more.

Long-Term Partners

For over a decade we’ve been standing strong with the Lakota to end the long history of treaty violations and systemic corruption that has resulted in the loss of their most sacred lands and the epidemic of children being removed from their families and traditions.

Opposing the Proposed Expansion of the Dakota Access Pipeline

After urging for a public hearing earlier in the year, LPLP joins Standing Rock, Cheyenne River, Rosebud and Oglala Sioux nations in gathering letters to send to the North Dakota’s Public Service Commission opposing DAPL expansion.

Pine Ridge Passes Marriage Equality and Anti-Hate Legislation

Muffie Mousseau and Felipa De Leon lead the charge LGTBQ2S-positive change to the Pine Ridge Reservation. LPLP helped to document their tireless efforts to convince the Oglala Nation Tribal Council to pass marriage equality on Pine Ridge, as well as South Dakota's first anti-hate legislation.

Meeting with AOC

LPLP joins Oglala Sioux Tribe President Julian Bear Runner's delegation to D.C. to meet with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) about Keystone XL, the Green New Deal, and our climate crisis.

Standing Rock The Vote!

Following news of a new restrictive voter ID law in North Dakota, The Lakota People’s Law Project, Four Directions, and the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe mount a ground campaign to enroll Native voters to make sure they get to the polls on election day.

Overall, the tribe was able to issue 727 new IDs and more than double voter turnout as compared to the prior midterm election.

Caption: Voter transport during Standing Rock the Vote campaign. Bus owned by Sacred Stone camp.


LPLP launches campaign to support energy independence for Standing Rock and sustainable solutions that can make the Dakotas greener and cleaner. Statewide renewable standards and incentives for green projects can move the Dakotas, which still rely on coal for 70 percent of their energy, away from dependence on fossil fuels.

LPLP Petitions North Dakota to #DropDAPLCharges for Water Protectors

Leaked documents reveal that a private security firm hired by DAPL parent company Energy Transfer Partners (ETP) targeted, surveilled, and provoked the peaceful and prayerful water protectors at Standing Rock. LPLP's campaign—which ultimately gathered over 55,000 signatures—called on the state of North Dakota to drop the charges of water protectors arrested during #NoDAPL.

Caption: Drop DAPL Charges petition signers included on Sitting Bull art installation in Fort Yates, ND.

Pipeline Battle Shifts to Courts

After militarized police raid the newly-established Last Child Camp and arrest Chase Iron Eyes, LPLP Chief Counsel Daniel Sheehan steps in to organize Chase's defense. LPLP also provides litigation support to several tribes’ fights in Washington, D.C. against DAPL.

#NoDAPL Fight Begins

In the spring, members of the LPLP team — including lead counsel Chase Iron Eyes and tribal liaison Madonna Thunder Hawk — become involved in resistance camps on 1851 Oceti Sakowin Treaty land formed to stop the Dakota Access pipeline (DAPL). LPLP provides media support on the ground and begins circulating petitions in opposition to DAPL, which violates Lakota treaty rights and threatens Standing Rock‘s water supply.

Caption: Oceti Sakowin prayer camp, Sept. 2016.

Lakota People's Law Project is Formed