Justice for the Lakota People

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

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Support Standing Rock's Landmark Case

Watch the video and spread the word. Share and support the landmark legal battle to safeguard the sacred and defend our constitutional freedoms.

Ongoing Campaigns

Dedicated to reversing the slow genocide of the Lakota People and destruction of their culture, Lakota People’s Law Project assists in the return of Lakota children to their families and communities, partners to protect sacred lands from threats such as the Dakota Access pipeline (DAPL), 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.

Milestones in Landmark Trial

In three short videos you can learn about critical developments in the Chase Iron Eyes #NoDAPL case. North Dakota Attorney General's determination has implications for water protectors charged with trespassing. Additionally, our legal team has officially issued subpoenas for Energy Transfer Partners and mercenary security firm TigerSwan. Now TigerSwan has filed motions attempting to stall and minimize our discovery process. But we won’t slow down in our mission to expose the truth.

Protect Water, Take the #NestlePledge

Nestle, the world's largest food and beverage company, hoards water from sensitive ecosystems and makes billions in profit as disaster capitalists. Take our #NestlePledge and join the movement to #BoycottNestle and ALL its products. Signify to Nestle that #WaterIsLife. You can learn more about the history of Nestle’s unethical and predatory business practices here.

Depositions Begin

In June, our legal team begins deposing law enforcement, private security, and oil company officials to gather evidence for the Chase Iron Eyes defense. Watch our video to learn more!

The Power of Partnership

Update: LPLP organizer Phyllis Young goes to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to network with luminaries who can help #GreenTheRez. Phyllis and Chase Iron Eyes discuss the power that partnerships with MIT, tribal leadership, and LPLP supporters like you give to the movement for energy sovereignty at Standing Rock.

State Must Hand Over Withheld Evidence in Iron Eyes Case

At this crucial hearing, Judge Lee Christofferson admonished the North Dakota state’s prosecutor for withholding evidence. The judge also granted Chase Iron Eyes' legal team authority to subpoena Tiger Swan, the private military security firm hired by Energy Transfer Partners. To learn more click below!

#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. Sign the petition asking North Dakota to drop all charges against the peaceful and prayerful water protectors of Standing Rock.

Pipeline Battle Shifts to Courts

Militarized police raid the newly-established Last Child Camp and arrest 76 people, including LPLP Lead Counsel Chase Iron Eyes. Chase is falsely charged with Incitement to Riot and Felony Criminal Trespass. 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.

Lakota People's Law Project is Formed

"South Dakota is still trafficking our children, Lakota children, Indian children, and they get millions of federal dollars every year for their so-called 'child welfare services.'"

– Madonna Thunder Hawk