Anpetu Waśté, it's nice to meet you! I'm Candi.
I'm the new indigenous justice organizer for the ACLU of South Dakota, and I look forward to getting to know you.
While I'm new to the ACLU, my South Dakota roots run deep. I grew up in the Black Hills and on the Pine Ridge Reservation. I'm an Oglala Lakota Sioux tribal member and a direct descendent of Crazy Horse's Band.
As the indigenous justice organizer, I'll be leading the ACLU's efforts in regards to pipeline protests and free speech, working to expand voting accessibility to tribal communities, focusing on the long-lasting epidemic of missing and murdered indigenous women and girls, and promoting Two Spirit inclusion.
More than that, I want to open doors and create spaces and places for our grassroots communities to start empowering themselves and to engage in civil liberties that are entitled to us. I want Native people to be seen and heard in South Dakota.
But I can't do it alone. I need your help. Click the button below, and tell me what you're thinking.
In order to do the work that's most meaningful to South Dakotans, I want to hear from you. Please drop me a note and tell me what's on your mind. What do you want to see from the ACLU's indigenous rights program? What issues are most important to you? How can I be more responsive to your needs?
I am proud to be a part of the ACLU. I can't wait to hear from you and begin working together.