Mission Statement

The mission of Dakota Plains Legal Services is to promote equal access to justice and improve the lives of our low income clients through quality legal assistance.  We provide legal representation, advocacy, conflict resolution, and community education options to meet the legal needs of our Native American and non-Native clients and our community.  This includes Indian law, family law, health law, housing law, and income maintenance law.  All DPLS offices are located on or near tribal nations in South Dakota and North Dakota, and DPLS has an especially proud history of effective advocacy addressing the unique needs of our Native American clients.

DPLS is a non-profit, private corporation providing legal services to eligible low-income clients on nine Indian reservations and thirty-four counties in North and South Dakota. DPLS receives funds from the Legal Services Corporation (LSC) and, for purpose of LSC, is classified as a Native American Program. DPLS also receives a Basic Field Grant each year.

Our Offices

DPLS has eight offices serving thirty-four counties and nine tribal nations throughout the states of South Dakota and North Dakota. To contact any of the DPLS offices, please go to the Contact Us page.

Board of Directors

DPLS is governed by the Board of Directors. The Board of Directors is made up of private attorneys and client representatives from across the DPLS service area. The Board of Directors sets the program priorities for DPLS.

Annual Priorities Report

Please find the DPLS Annual Priorities Report for 2022 below