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The Lakota People's Law Project is committed to providing an accurate and updated account of all the developments in South Dakota. Due to the state's geographic isolation, many important stories are not reported outside of particular cities. In this ongoing series of special reports, we are striving to inform and engage a national debate based on factual information.


The Mette Affair: State Cover-Up of Child Sexual Abuse

May 15, 2013 — Abandoned and Forgotten: How the State of South Dakota Punished Lakota Child Welfare Advocates and Protected Child Abusers — The Mette and Taliaferro / Schwab Cases

Praise for National Geographic Portrait of Lakota

July 23, 2012 — Praise for National Geographic Portrait of Lakota Resilience and Call for Summit on Child Welfare

Ohlone Welcome Lakota in Santa Cruz

July 5, 2012 — California Ohlone Offer Support to Lakota and Child Rescue Project at Historic Meeting

The Roots of Tragedy

May 29, 2012 — Lakota People's Law Project Challenges New York Times "Poverty's Poster Child" OpEd by Nicholas Kristof

Justice as Retaliation

May 21, 2012 — How South Dakota is Attempting to Punish Lakota Child Welfare Advocates and Protect Child Abusers -- The Mette Case