The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in North and South Dakota

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Exercising jurisdiction since May 1, 2016.

Tribal Code

The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe straddles the North Dakota and South Dakota border on the western portion of both states. Currently the reservation is about 1,000,000 total acres. According to the U.S. Census, the reservation has a population of approximately 8,600, and the population is 78 percent Indian and 22 percent non-Indian.

The Standing Rock court system is composed of a Tribal Court and a Supreme Court. The Tribal Court is presided over by a Chief Judge and an Associate Chief Judge. The Supreme Court meets up to four times a year, and is presided over by a Chief Justice and two Associate Justices, none of whom can also serve as Judges in Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Court.

The tribe’s Human Resource Department has created the position of a Victim Assistant/Advocate to work specifically with SDVCJ victims and serve as a liaison between tribal court prosecution and victims.

The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe received a $495,000 grant from OVW in 2017 to support the exercise of SDVCJ.

Map showing Standing Rock Sioux's reservation

Visit Us, Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, (last visited Dec. 13, 2017).

2012-2016 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates--DP05 Demographic and Housing Estimates, U.S. Census Bureau, (follow “Add/Remove Geographies” hyperlink; then search “Standing Rock Reservation, SD--ND, OK”).

Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Code of Justice, tit. 1 §§ 1-101, 1-201 (2015).

Id. § 1-102 (2015).

Id. §§ 1-203, 1-205 (2015).

Victim Assistant/Advocate, Standing Rock Careers, Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, (last visited March 6, 2018).