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This website was made possible through a partnership between Dakota Plains Legal Services, East River Legal Services, the State Bar of South Dakota, the University of South Dakota School of Law and the Sicangu Oyate Bar Association. Funding for this website was provided by the Legal Services Corporation and the American College of Trial Lawyers. provides centralized information regarding legal issues that may affect all South Dakotans at some point in their lives. You will find material regarding a full range of poverty law issues along with. The website contains community education materials, pro se (self-help) forms for South Dakota’s tribal courts, and links to many other agencies or organizations that may be able to help you with problems you may have.

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Dakota Plains Legal Services, previously known as South Dakota Legal Services, was chartered in 1967 as the first legal services program in South Dakota and is recognized as an effective advocate for Native American people in their struggle for equal justice and social and economical survival. Dakota Plains Legal Services (DPLS) is a private, non-profit corporation that provides free legal assistance to low income persons in 33 counties in central and western South Dakota with six branch offices in South Dakota and one branch office in North Dakota. DPLS has a proud history of serving the unique legal needs of their Native American clients and special expertise in practicing in the nine Tribal Court systems in South Dakota.

East River Legal Services, previously known as the Minnehaha County Legal Aid Association, was established in 1977 and is based in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. East River Legal Services (ERLS) is a private, non-profit corporation that provides free legal assistance in civil matters to low income persons in 33 counties in eastern South Dakota.

State Bar of South Dakota was created as an integrated bar by an Act of the South Dakota Legislature in 1931. The Bar was organized on August 20, 1931, and membership in the State Bar as a requirement to practice law in South Dakota became effective January 1, 1932.

University of South Dakota School of Law was established in 1901. It has been accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA) since 1923, the first year law schools were accredited, and has been a member of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) since 1907. The basic objective of the University of South Dakota School of Law has remained constant for 100 years; to prepare students for the practice of law and train professionally competent graduates capable of achieving their career goals, serving their chosen profession, and advancing the interests of society.

Sicangu Oyate Bar Association (SOBA) was organized in 1994 to establish and regulate standards of practice in order to ensure the highest quality representation and professionalism of those who practice law in the Rosebud Sioux Tribal Courts. SOBA is the only formal organized tribal bar association in South Dakota. All attorneys and advocates practicing in the Rosebud Sioux Tribal Courts must be SOBA members.

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We hope this website will be useful to you. Because the HelpSouthDakota website is new, we need your help to make it work. Please use our feedback form and tell us about any problems you have with the website or suggestions for improvement. If there are things you like about the website, we would like to hear that as well.

Important: The information on this website is not intended as legal advice or representation. No attorney-client relationship is created between any of the partners above and any person obtaining information from this website. There is no substitute for meeting with a lawyer for your legal problem. Laws change frequently and, although we strive to keep this website up to date, we can not provide a guarantee that the information provided on this website is accurate as of the time you are reading it.


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