Dakota Plains Legal Services - Rapid City Office

528 Kansas City Street
Rapid City, SD - 57709
Phone Number: (605) 342-7171
Fax Number: (605) 348-5874



Them mission of Dakota Plains Legal Services is to promote equal access to justice and improve the lives of our low income clients through quality legal assistance.  We provide legal representation, advocacy, conflict resolution, and community education options to meet the legal needs of our Native American and non-Native clients and our community.  This includes Indian law, family law, health law, housing law, and income maintenance law.


Hours of Operation: Monday - Thursday 8:30 am - 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm, Friday 8:30 am - 12:00 pm


Serving the counties of Butte, Custer, Fall River, Harding, Lawrence, Meade, Pennington and Perkins.

Hours:
  • Monday 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Tuesday 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Wednesday 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Thursday 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Friday 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Saturday closed
  • Sunday closed

Mission Statement: The Mission of Dakota Plains Legal Services is to promote equal access to justice and improve the lives of our low income clients through quality legal assistance. We provide legal representation, advocacy, conflict resolution, and community education options to meet the legal needs of our Native American and non-Native clients and our community. This includes Indian law, family law, health law, housing law, and income maintenance law. All DPLS offices are located on or near Indian reservations in South Dakota and North Dakota, And DPLS has an especially proud history of effective advocacy addressing the unique needs of our Native American clients.

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Divorce

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Sunday, July 4, 2021

Divorce

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Wednesday, April 21, 2021

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Child visitation order

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Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Child visitation order

Power of attorney transferred due to death on the family

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Power of attorney transferred due to death on the family

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6 Comments

2020-04-05 09:10:22

Hi, I’m hoping you can help me. I’m writing on behalf of a young man who has a criminal case in Rapid City but does not have access to the Internet. I am actually from New York City, and I know how hard it is for Legal Aid lawyers. I know that you have far too many cases to handle and not enough time and not enough resources.  The young man I’m talking about is a cellmate of my son, who is incarcerated at South Dakota State Penitentiary. This young man, whom I don’t know personally, is part Native American and part Mexican, I believe indigenous Mexican.  He claims he has had a couple of Legal Aid lawyers who did not listen to him and who seemed to be “afraid of the judge."  I’m sure there is another side to the story, but I believe it’s important that his voice be heard and that there be some attempt to communicate with him regarding his thoughts and requests.  Can you give me the name and address of an individual or a subgroup of Legal Aid that I can forward to this young man so that he can write to you and tell you more about his perception of his situation?  I will be sending an email to my son, who will then share whatever info you have given me.  Thank you very much, and thank you for all the hard work you folks do on a 'day in and day out' basis.  I’m not trying to 'butter you up' with that comment; I mean it sincerely.  I worked with the New York Urban League Street Academy Program, and I am also a retired New York City alternative high school teacher/counselor, wherein I worked predominantly with 'at risk' youth.  Through these young folks, I've had a fair amount of experience with the courts and with Legal Aid lawyers.  So that’s how I learned that there are so many good hearted people amongst you, who are very committed to making a difference, but that 'the system' often gets in the way (not unlike us educators trying to deal with the (public school system) - and also that your time and resources are so limited.   Please do help me help this young man out, and I wish all the best to all of you! Roger Roger Dennis

2020-04-09 16:24:48

I've gotten an email stating they found ashes and debris In my paperwork at administration building for my title, and was told that it was being handed down to law enforcement? Will I need a public defender or will I go jail?

2020-04-17 16:47:37

Hi, I am hoping you can help me. I am married to a Narcissist 20 yrs who was physically abusive in past and now is mostly verbal, mental and emotionally abusive. Last year he gave me ultimatum making me quit my dream job with the State of MN to move from MN to SD away from my friends and family only to now have not job, no money cause he took the money I got for selling my house in MN (because it belonged to HIM....even tho it was my house). I use to be a very respected, successful & well-known individual in my field....now all I get from him is criticism, dislike, yelled at, swore at, called names and belittled to the point I am nervous around him, have panic attacks, etc. I have an immune deficiency and have been self isolating due to my poor health....every night he gets home he wants to have A Talk with me....it ends up with him telling me to start the divorce process, pack my stuff and leave our house which he calls HIS House. We own the house together....I have been the one paying all the insurance, utilities, etc, but now because he depleted my finances, he is pushing me toward the door and forcing me to leave when I have nothing, no place to go and pushes me purposely to snapping emotionally...I have been so emotional because of all of this....I feel like I am losing myself. I have reached out and my Pastor has told me this isnt a healthy situation...which I know. He has been accused of assault, had PO against him which he fought and got dismissed, but now has a trial in June as the State is charging him with disorderly conduct. I have tried to work it out, but he tells me he doesnt want me...then tells me he never said that. FYI...I record my calls with him and my interactions with him....and have for years...it is constant and I dont know what to do. my question is how can I protect myself....I have been told that if I leave the house it is abandonment and means I forfiet any claim to the house. I am so lost. I am alone. I really am tired of living in a house walking on eggshells. Please help. Thank you and blessings.

2020-08-28 22:22:12

Grandparent visitation. I had guardianship since about age 4. Then dad got married and has had child since January 1 this year. I am only allowed From 4:30 on Friday til noon on Sunday once a month. One phone call a week just recently not on speaker phone. We both want more time together. Help please.

2021-04-21 11:53:49

I can't find application to fill out to get legal help?

2021-07-04 20:29:13

I would like assistance in obtaining a divorce. I have no money and am paying child support to a woman who doesn't even have my children.

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