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SD Native American Advocacy Project


South Dakota Native American Advocacy Project logoThe Native American Advocacy Project (NAAP) is a statewide, non-profit, consumer and family membership organization for persons residing on and off lands of the nine tribal nations in South Dakota. NAAP is chartered both with the state of South Dakota and the Rosebud Sioux Tribe (where the NAAP central office is located).


NAAP is committed to providing support to the developing role of Native American consumers (persons with all types of disabilities) and their family members in system planning, decision-making, networking, advocacy, and service development for these populations.

NAAP is also committed to being a cross disability organization, meaning that it serves persons with all types of disabilities, not limiting its efforts to only one or two disability groups but strengthening its efforts on behalf of all persons with disabilities. This allows support to those disabilities that have been under or unrepresented in the disability movement.


The mission of the Native American Advocacy Project is to empower members of the American Indian Oyate in South Dakota who have developmental, physical, mental, and/or neurobiological disabilities to actualize their potential providing education, training, advocacy, support, independent living skills and referrals to them and their Tiospaye.


Links to the following programs are to pages on the NAAP website:

      Tateya Topa Ho (Voice of the Four Winds): Tateya Topa Ho is an inter-tribal Independent Living (IL) Center "Without Walls" program that has come together to provide IL services to individuals with disabilities living on reservations/tribal land and unserved areas throughout South Dakota. For more information, see:

      Wacante Ognaka (Caring Heart): Culturally Specific Mental Health Crisis Counseling for Native Americans. For more information, see:

      Oyate Nunpa (Two Nations): Community support for persons with psychiatric disabilities on the Lower Brule, Crow Creek and Pine Ridge tribal nations. For more information, see:

      Tiwahe Access (Family Access): Home modifications and adaptive devices program. For more information, see:

      Lakol Woonspe (Learning the Lakota Way of Life): Consultation, training and education on disabilities and tribal culture. For more information, see:

      Wiconi Woniya (Breath of Life): South Dakota will use a multi-level intervention strategy in Tripp and Todd counties in south central South Dakota to test the effectiveness of the Prenatal Support Specialist model. The model will test identification, treatment, and extended support provided to pregnant women to increase the chances of a healthy pregnancy and baby. For more information, see:

See Also:

The American Indian Disability Technical Assistance Center (AIDTAC) at:

Additional Information:

American Indian Reservations and Indian Trust Areas was produced by the Economic Development Administration of the U.S. Department of Commerce. It is a compendium of information about the location and land status, culture and history, government, economy, infrastructure, and other information of these areas. The material is arranged geographically, and is presented in small files based on location. The files are in PDF format, which requires Acrobat Reader.

Information about South Dakota is available at:

Information about Lake Traverse Reservation is found in the North Dakota file, which is available at:

Information about all other states, and a complete set of all the files in downloadable Zip format, is available at:


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