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Chase Iron Eyes

Chase Iron Eyes 146sqCounsel for the Dakotas

Chase Iron Eyes is an enrolled member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. Chase has dedicated himself to ending the marginalization of his brothers and sisters by fighting in courts and, more recently, by co-founding, which helped lead an effort on behalf of the Oceti Sakowin to regain control of Pe Sla, one of their most sacred sites in the Black Hills. Chase is a graduate of the Sturm College of Law at the University of Denver and serves as our South Dakota Counsel.

Daniel Sheehan

Daniel Sheehan 146sqChief Counsel

A graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School, Daniel Sheehan has participated in some of the most important public interest cases of the last forty years. He represented The New York Times in the Pentagon Papers Case and the family of Karen Silkwood against the Kerr-McGee Corporation. In 1980 he co-founded the Christic Institute, a nonprofit public interest law center that, among many others cases, prosecuted members of the Ku Klux Klan in Greensboro, North Carolina; represented victims of the Three Mile Island disaster in Pennsylvania; and in 1986 filed federal racketeering charges against 28 individuals involved in the Iran/Contra affair. Sheehan has developed the legal strategy for the Lakota People's Law Project civil suit against the State of South Dakota for its violations of the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA). Daniel is President and General Counsel of the Romero Institute. You can learn more about Daniel Sheehan at his website.

James Hawk

James Testerman 146sqField Organizer

James Testerman is an enrolled member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. He is also a 7-time master craftsman and the founder and president of American Indian Mechanics (AIM Tile), a tiling and carpeting company that has employed hundreds of Native Americans in construction jobs and worked across the state of South Dakota. As a child, James spent his summers with his grandparents in Red Shirt Table among the Oglala Sioux Tribe. He has been married for 24 years, has a daughter, a granddaughter, and another grandchild on the way. He annually attends the Sundance in Thunder Valley and is extremely grateful for the opportunity to work for justice for Lakota children.

Dawn Decora

Dawn Decora 146sqField Organizer

Dawn Decora is an enrolled member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe. She is also a Lakota traditional dancer who has performed with the Pequot Tribal Performing Group all over the world, including in Europe, Africa, and the United States. Dawn has a lifetime of experience with Lakota activist movements, having worked for ten years in the Women’s Health Clinic of Pine Ridge. Dawn is a mom and a grandmother to two Lakota girls.

Madonna Thunder Hawk

Madonna Thunder Hawk 146sqTribal Liaison

Madonna Thunder Hawk is a member of the Oohenumpa band of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe and is grandmother to a generation of Native American activists. She was an original member of the American Indian Movement, a co-founder of Women of All Red Nations (WARN), and is currently the Lakota People's Law Project's principal organizer and Tribal Liaison. Madonna has been featured in several documentary films including the recent PBS series We Shall Remain. Through her work, Madonna builds alliances and support for Child Welfare among South Dakota's tribal leaders and communities.

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