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Dakota Plains Legal Services is able to offer legal help for the following types of civil legal issues, in both state and tribal courts, unless otherwise noted. For some of the legal issues below, DPLS is limited in what type of assistance we can provide. Please contact your local DPLS office for more information.


  • Evictions

  • Landlord - Tenant Issues

  • Security Deposits


  • Grievance Hearings for Tribal Employment

  • Unemployment Insurance

Public Benefits

  • Social Security Benefits

  • Disability Benefits

  • Food stamps / SNAP

  • Other welfare benefits

Family Law

  • Divorce / Annulment

  • Custody / Paternity

  • Guardianship

  • Child Support

  • Restraining and Protection Orders

  • Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA)

  • Adoptions

Wills and Estates

  • Wills

  • Powers of Attorney

  • Advanced Health Care Directives

  • Probate


  • Education

  • Health

  • Consumer / Finance

  • Economic Development Assistance and Incorporation

DPLS does not help with criminal cases unless appointed by the court

DPLS does not help with the following types of issues:

  • Small claims

  • Personal injury

  • Medical malpractice

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