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Oyate Film: Live Stream! Feb 20 Noon Pacific

On Saturday, Jan. 20 at noon PST, we co-hosted a free online screening of “Oyate” — a powerful documentary film on the #NoDAPL movement and Native sovereignty. Watch the recorded live stream that carried the in-person event at UC Santa Cruz with the full 90 minute film screening plus panel discussion and Q&A with Lakota People's Law Project leaders and activists Chase and Tokata Iron Eyes, and filmmakers Brandon Jackson, Jennifer Martel and Emil Benjamin, with introductory remarks from Lakota Law and Romero Institute co-founder Daniel Sheehan.

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"Oyate" Watch Party

A Live-Streamed Screening, Panel Presentation and Q&A,

About Oyate:

The award-winning film “Oyate” elevates the voices of Indigenous activists, organizers, and politicians offering our perspectives on our complicated history and present-day circumstances, contextualizing the movement to stop the Dakota Access pipeline, and illuminating the interconnectivity among the issues facing Indigenous People today. It features excellent music, tells some of our personal stories, and delves deeply into our movement for Native and environmental justice.

In the ongoing spirit of wopila — a meaningful acknowledgment of our gratitude and a desire to share the best of ourselves with you — we offer this opportunity to come together, watch, learn, and move forward with purpose. We thank the University of CA, Santa Cruz, the American Indian Resource Center, and the Resource Center for Nonviolence for making this event possible.

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A Legacy of Justice

Since 2005, the Lakota People’s Law Project has partnered with Native communities to protect sacred lands, safeguard human rights, promote sustainability, reunite Indigenous families, and protect tribal health.

We work in Lakota communities to counteract treaty violations, protect sovereignty, and confront systemic racism. We're helping to defend sacred lands and water, end the removal of children from their families and traditions, uphold human rights, promote sustainability, and amplify Native voices.

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In our Lakota Law Action Center, you can get involved and make a real and lasting impact! Check out our campaigns and take action to end pipelines, protect tribal health and safety, safeguard Native children, and so much more. Tell lawmakers to respect treaties and return stolen lands and sacred sites to our continent’s original peoples. We invite you to build unity among frontline communities and become part of the larger movement for equity.

Our First Program

We launched the Lakota Child Rescue Project in 2005 to assist the return of Lakota children to their families, tribes, and communities. We then broadened our mission to include a tribal foster care program funded with direct funds from the federal government, bypassing the state of South Dakota.


In 2016, the Dakota Access pipeline (DAPL) threatened sacred lands and water, so we expanded our mission to combat the contempt and disregard for First Amendment rights and Lakota sovereignty. In court, we defended Chase Iron Eyes, who faced six years in federal prison for defending his tribe’s ancestral lands.

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Since 2017, the Lakota People’s Law Project has responded where and when we’re needed most in Lakota Country. Whether we’re protecting the Native vote, providing disaster relief, or providing resources for children at Standing Rock, we continue to safeguard Lakota communities and win justice for the People.

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Oyate Film: Live Stream! Feb 20 Noon Pacific