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Wopila Gathering 2023: Full Event Video
Wopila for all you do to win Indigenous justice! On Giving Tuesday, the Lakota People’s Law Project hosted our third annual virtual Wopila Gathering featuring a host of Indigenous difference-makers talking about resistance, representation, and resurgence. Click above to watch the whole event!
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Wopila GatheringA Live-Streamed Celebration to Honor, Inspire, and Activate
This year's lineup was amazing! Here's what's in the video:
A conversation with Lakota Law's Chase and Tokata Iron Eyes
A conversation with Lily Joy Winder of People, Not Mascots
Conversations with Indigenous actors Raoul Trujillo (Blue Beetle, Sicario, Apocalypto) and Gene Brave Rock (The Revenant, Wonder Woman).
A conversation with Standing Rock Organizer Phyllis Young
Plus performances and appearances from special guests including:
James Jones (instagram.com/notoriouscree), who will share his incredible dance skills. James Jones is Nehiyaw from Tall Cree First Nation in Treaty 8 Territory in Northern Alberta.
Thómas Lopez Jr. (instagram.com/landbackbaddie/), a talented Indigenous two-spirit artist who serves life through comedy, history and culture.
Scotti Clifford (instagram.com/scotticlifford), a brilliant Native Americana singer/songwriter from the Star Nation of the Cheyenne Lakota.
... As well as Lakota comedian Tonia Jo Hall, beadworker Keely Eagleshield, and environmental activist and hip hop artist Xiuhtezcatl
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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.
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.
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.
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.