RST DCI: Children Exposed to Violence


Welcome to the Rosebud Sioux Tribe's (RST) Defending Childhood information hub. You can also reach us on Facebook or by phone (605) 747-2900.

Informed by the traditional values of the Sicangu Lakota Oyate and the latest advances in health care, education, law and human services, we aim to foster and sustain a culture of safety and healing.  The Rosebud Office of the Attorney General leads the Defending Childhood Initiative (DCI) grant awarded to the Rosebud Sioux Tribe by the U.S. Department of Justice in September 2010. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder recently released a public service announcement regarding the DCI:

Defending Childhood PSA ‎(national)‎



In remarks to the Defending Childhood teams on January 27, 2011, the United States Attorney General Eric Holder stated that "[t]he statistics go on and on – and, unfortunately, so too does the violence. The reality we face is nothing short of a crisis."  We share Attorney General Holder's sense of urgency and are working to defend the children exposed to violence within the Rosebud reservation. As former RST Attorney General Mato Standing High has stated, "the difficult question for us is not who has been exposed to violence, but who hasn't?"

The Rosebud DCI is raising awareness about children's exposure to violence, providing direct services to children exposed to violence and organizing collaboration across all systems that impact the everyday lives of children and youth. To that end, the RST Defending Childhood's Collaborative Body is composed of representatives from tribal, state, federal, private and non-profit sectors. We are implementing a strategic plan to address the unacceptable rates of children exposed to violence on the reservation.



May 16, 2011, Washington, D.C. Oral Presentation by Defending Childhood Initiative's Key Management Team to federal officials of the U.S. Department of Justice. From L-R: Chief Prosecutor Matthew Rappold, Executive Director Nichole Witt, White Buffalo Calf Woman Society (WBCWS); Sunrise Black Bull, former Family Wellness Coordinator for the Rosebud Sioux Tribe's HeadStart and current director for Engaging Men & Boys, WBCWS; Attorney General Mato Standing High; Project Manager Natalie Stites, Rosebud's Defending Childhood Initiative.

Join the Rosebud Sioux Tribe's Defending Childhood Initiative, located in the Rosebud Office of the Attorney General to protect children and youth from the tide of violence running rampant throughout the Rosebud reservation and the United States at large. 

Defending Childhood. Protect. Heal. Thrive.

On December 12, 2011, two classes at the Todd County High School on the Rosebud Sioux Reservation responded to the ABC 20/20 Special: Hidden Children on the Plains, which aired on October 11, 2011. The video is enjoying national recognition, take a look!

YouTube Video








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