Hau Mitakuyepi

This is the official website of the Independent Lakota Nation Government.

Wowakan He Glihuniyalo!

The Independent Lakota Nation Government is the acknowledged representative body of free and independent Lakota Oyate (people) and our relatives, asserting sovereign powers and jurisdiction within our traditional territory, and bilaterally with other nations. In the footsteps of our ancestors, we have been directed to assert our free and independent status by customary leaders of the Lakota Oyate. A strong and Independent Lakota Nation can help address the injustices enforced upon our people, and secure a future for all people in Lakota Territory through just, binding, and accountable International agreements.

Government Structure

We remain the free and independent matriarchal Tetuwan Lakota Oyate of the Oceti Sakowin or Seven Council Fires – known as the Great Sioux Nation. Wicitokob!


Human Rights Office

We maintain relationships and report human rights conditions with the United Nations OHCHR. Our work has been recognized with the United Nations flag.


Maka Wakan

Decolonizing our land and people is a priority. The Maka Wakan Black Hills sanctuary will be open for Lakota to inhabit, roam, and live in our traditional manner.


Domestic Affairs

Growing services for our citizens and relatives. Driver licenses and auto tags are just two of the ways we are asserting our jurisdiction.


Entry Visas

Foreign persons, including U.S. citizens, may apply for an ILN government issued visa to enter our territory under protocol.


Cante Tenza (Strong Heart)

Our traditional warrior society protects and serves our Elders as well as asserting customary law and justice. Hoka Hey!


Government Structure

Elder Leadership Council: Grandmother Society

Lead Spokesperson: Canupa Gluha Mani

Foreign Affairs Minister: Oyate Ota

Justice and Protocol: Cante Tenza Okolakiciye, Tetuwan Judicial Council


Land and Water

Rights of Way


International Indigenous Human Rights Office

The Independent Lakota Nation has created a document archive containing both historic and present day documents, letters, notices, and correspondence regarding our independence.

U.N. Documents | Bilateral Relations | Public Notices | Maps

Cultural Protocol | Media Statements

Humans Rights Office

If you wish to report a violation of your human rights at the hands of colonial governments or corporations within Lakota Territory, please contact: Human_Rights@lakotanation.org.

For a comprehensive look at the human rights situation on Pine Ridge Reservation and across Lakota Territory – please watch the documentary, Red Cry.

Maka Wakan

The Maka Wakan sanctuary will be comprised of approximately 200 square miles in the northern Paha Sapa, the spiritual center of Tetuwan Lakota territory known as the Black Hills.   This area will be open for Lakota to inhabit, roam, and live in our traditional manner.

The establishment of the Maka Wakan is an essential priority in asserting Lakota independence. We have already initiated contacts with government agencies and landowners as a part of this process.

This “sanctuary” is essential and vital to the perpetuation of Lakota as a distinct people and culture. The free and nomadic lifestyle alongside our buffalo relatives with attachment to this sacred land area is the core of Lakota Spirituality, it makes us who we are.  This area is vital for preserving our language and cultural lifeway that is on the verge of extinction.

Passport/Driver License – Important

We are currently updating our support documents for driver licenses, automobile plates, and auto registration documents. If you have any problems with U.S. state or local jurisdictions, please contact the Rights of Way Office. cantetenza13@gmail.com

Entry Visas

If you plan to enter Lakota Territory for business or tourism, we ask you do so under protocol. Good protocol recognizes Lakota independence and inherent jurisdiction over our territory, and allows you to enter as a guest in good standing. Entering a nation’s territory under their designated protocol ensures good relationships, avoids conflicts, and aids your safety. Contact: visa@lakotanation.org. Pilamaya! Thank you!

Contact Us

This portal has been designed for foreign persons wishing to contact the Independent Lakota Nation Government. Please remember to fill in all fields and details in the contact form. 

We maintain office hours: Mon-Fri 10:00 am-3:00 pm

Canupa Gluha Mani
Itacan and Lead Spokesperson
phone: 605-517-2621


Independent Lakota Nation
Box 512, Hill City, SD 57745
Lakota Territory