2019 Sovereignty Success Stories
Here are ten of our favorite sovereignty success stories from 2019. We hope they’ll inspire you to support Indigenous changemakers in 2020!
Minnesota Tribal leaders collaborated with the Minnesota House of Representatives to host the first-ever “Sovereignty Day” in 2019.
The Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe started work on a new education code that aligns with Tribal citizens’ specific values and goals for the future.
The Yankton Sioux Tribe entered into a groundbreaking partnership with South Dakota technical schools. The partnership will provide scholarships to students from the Yankton Sioux Tribe entering high-need workforce programs.
The Prairie Island Indian Community exerted its sovereignty and successfully advocated for a new state law that will allow the Tribal police force to enforce state criminal law on Tribal lands.
The Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe opened Minnesota’s first-ever Tribal veterans cemetery.
The Oglala Sioux Tribe collaborated with Texas-based Apollo Med Flight to launch a helicopter emergency medical service to meet the needs of Tribal members.
The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community opened Hocokata Ti, a new cultural center that includes a museum to educate the public on the Tribe’s history.
North Dakota Tribal leaders secured an updated child welfare services agreement with the state, allowing Tribes to authorize Native American foster parents who do not reside on Tribal lands.
Red Lake Nation altered its blood quantum rules in response to feedback from Tribal citizens. This change will effectively expand Tribal membership and ensure that future generations can thrive.
The Lower Sioux Indian Community broke ground on a new intergenerational cultural incubator. The incubator is set to open in 2020 and will strengthen the Tribe’s economy through cultural match.