Voices Unlocked

Volume #2 | Fall 2023

Summer 2023 found the Lakota Lockup Project (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. The peaceful march was well attended and received positive media coverage.

People marching with Lakota LockUp Banner, Rapid City, South Dakota, July 4, 2023

Lakota Lockup Project team participating in the March Towards Justice: Holding Police Accountable.

March Towards Justice: Holding Police Accountable

This video is a live stream of the March, held July 4, 2023 in Rapid City, South Dakota. The people “are marching … to uplift the voices of those impacted by police violence and to send a powerful message that we stand together to declare that we will no longer tolerate killings by the police in our community.”

The organizers ask us to take action!

Lakota Lockup Project Holds Two Talking Circles

This past spring, on March 17 and June 15, LLP held two Talking Circles in Rapid City, involving about 15 to 20 participants at each event. A meal and door prizes were provided to all who attended the event. Stephanie Yellow Eagle shared facts about historical trauma experienced by Native Americans and its continued impact on indigenous communities. Families shared their experiences with the South Dakota justice system. LLP participants left the event full of good food and a better understanding of each other. Another Talking Circle is planned for this fall.

Talking Circle, June 15, 2023, Rapid City, SD

Stephanie Yellow Eagle shares facts about historical trauma experienced by Native Americans and its continued impact on indigenous communities.

Lacey Steele at March 15, 2023 Talking Circle

Lacey Steele at March 15, 2023 Talking Circle

Lakota LockUp Project Receives Grants

Cultural Survival Grant

Cultural Survival Grant

We’re excited to share that a grant for $6,000 has been received from Cultural Survival that will help forward our efforts to spark interest and enable youth, children, and their families and...

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RESIST.org Grant

RESIST.org Grant

We’re proud to announce that RESIST.org has granted $4,000 to Lakota LockUp Project. The funds will be used for expenses related to interviewing incarcerated Native Americans and developing their...

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Veterans United Foundation Grant

Veterans United Foundation Grant

With great appreciation, we share that Veterans United Foundation based in Columbia Missouri, has granted $6,000 to Lakota LockUp Project. The funds are being used for expenses related to hosting...

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