News, Articles, Announcements
Volume #3 | Spring 2024
THIS PAST DECEMBER 21st LLUP held a third Talking Circle, involving about 20 participants. Robert Horse Stands Waiting and Phillip Yellowbird Still called in from the Durfee State Prison in Springfield, SD, and spoke about the effects of incarceration on themselves and on the indigenous popultation. Stephanie Yellow Eagle and Stacey Low Dog share about their work for indigenous justice.
Volume #2 | Fall 2023
SUMMER 2023 FOUND LLP actively engaged in events that support the Native American community in Rapid City and across South Dakota. Members of Lakota Lockup Project joined the “March for Justice: Holding Police Accountable” in July as they carried our LLP banner down the Main Street of Rapid City.
Volume #1 | Winter 2023
WELCOME TO OUR FIRST ISSUE. The Lakota LockUp Project advocates for American Indians affected by the justice system, to support innovative approaches for cultural and historical trauma survival, rebuilding lives, economic justice, traditional family services, substance and alcohol abuse treatment, and equal access to education, thus strengthening communities.
The Lakota LockUp Project advocates for American Indians affected by the justice system. We support innovative approaches for cultural and historical trauma survival that rebuilds lives, strengthens communities, and enables economic justice through provision of traditional family services, substance and alcohol abuse treatment, and equal access to education.
The ripple effects of these actions can be felt today in the high rates of poverty, addiction, incarceration, and psychological strife in Indigenous communities. The Lakota LockUp Project is advocating to reverse these effects by awakening an emergence of cultural thought and teachings to strengthen family hoops long believed to be broken. We will rebuild lives by disrupting Indigenous pipelines into institutions by shedding light onto injustices, and promoting equitable employment. We will advocate for alternatives to criminalizing social-ills that can be achieved through holistic programs that work and stand on the code of behavior of “Wolakota”, which includes respect, peace, unity, and avoidance of negative acts.
We ask you to join us hand in hand and help us reclaim the universal truth of humanity and healing, thus unlocking the communities today and for another seven generations.
A Traditional Calling for Support…
The Lakota LockUp Project is sending you a “Traditional Calling” for support in a modern way. Instead of sending runners on foot or horseback in our cry for help, we are sending you our call through these modern technologies. Our ancestors had a spiritual contract of pure hearts and clean minds to help as a relative upon Mother Earth to come and stand with a fellow human being in need. This spiritual contract reaches across continents and throughout history to reach every human heart for justice in times of darkness and pain to bring relief and light!
We are requesting this same spiritual action or support or accompaniment (choose between these words, or choose a different word) from you, and to bridge a cultural divide to join our quest for justice and equity. Instead, of sending us a feather or staff as my ancestors did in the past to show true commitment to join our plight, we are requesting you to send us an email and commitment to bring about change!
As our great Lakota warrior stated many generations ago, we will unite under the sacred tree and become One again! We can only accomplish this through unity.
Mitakuye Oyasin! (We are all related)
I see a time of Seven Generations when all the colors of mankind will gather under the Sacred Tree of Life and the whole earth will become One Circle again.
We are committed to…
- Re-establishing cultural thought that provides direction in generosity, compassion, wisdom, and fortitude.
- Building the inner power of the person to reshape their lives, and promoting alternatives for public safety, rather than punishment.
- Advocating for policy changes, gaining equal access to justice, learning about marginalized historical trauma, and purifying through the INIPI (Sweat Lodge) ceremony.
Services and Programs
- Creating resource materials (know your rights)
- Cultural teachings
- Policy and Advocacy
- Economic equity
- Criminal justice reform
- Mental health dignity