Acknowledging the land we are on
The ACLU of South Dakota offices are located on the ancestral territory of the Oceti Sakowin (Seven Council Fires), an alliance that consisted of the Santee, Yankton, and Teton Lakota. They are commonly known as the Sioux by non-native people. The seven tribes now occupy nine different reservations in South Dakota. The nine reservations are: Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, Crow Creek Sioux Tribe, Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe, Lower Brule Sioux Tribe, Oglala Sioux Tribe, Rosebud Sioux Tribe, Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate, Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, and the Yankton Sioux Tribe. The ACLU of South Dakota honors and respects the diverse Indigenous peoples connected to this territory on which we gather.
The ACLU of South Dakota works in communities, legislatures and courts to preserve the rights and liberties enshrined by the Constitution of the United States of America.
Whether it’s ending mass incarceration, protecting free speech, achieving full equality for the LGBTQ+ and Two Spirit community, securing the rights of immigrants, establishing new privacy protections for our digital age, or preserving the right vote or the right to have an abortion, the ACLU takes up the toughest civil liberties cases and issues to defend all people from government abuse and overreach.
WHERE WE WORK
IN THE COMMUNITY
Educating and engaging with the public is vital to the mission of the ACLU of South Dakota. By providing information to the public about our constitutional rights, individuals are better able to advocate for civil liberties independently.
IN THE LEGISLATURE
Analyzing public policies, testifying on bills, and influencing policy-makers are important techniques to prevent the government from infringing on people’s rights. The ACLU of South Dakota is non-partisan and does not endorse political candidates, but we do support ballot initiatives that promote civil liberties.
IN THE COURTS
Helping people secure their rights through negotiation and lawsuits is one of the main tools available to help us protect individual rights. We take on individual and class action lawsuits that have the potential to change the law and broaden and strengthen civil liberties in South Dakota.
The ACLU is driven by members and a network of supporters established to bring together communities driven to defend civil liberties. Become a Member
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