Rosebud Sioux Tribe Children's Court



Mission Statement

The judicial power of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe is vested in the Rosebud Sioux Tribe Court System which shall provide quality effective and efficient judicial services to tribal members and non-members within the jurisdiction of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe: such judicial authority and jurisdiction of the Rosebud Sioux Tribal Court shall extend to all cases arising under the Constitution Ordinances Regulations Customs and Traditions of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe and shall be exercised to the fullest extent of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe's inherent powers as a sovereign nation.

It is the purpose and intent of the judicial offices to provide a means of recourse to resolve problems and seek to give life to the traditional and cultural ways; and to pursue justice on behalf of those who deserve and require such advocacy.

The Rosebud Sioux Tribe Children's Court has moved to the Wanbli Wiconi Tipi Youth Wellness and Renewal Center on June 2, 2008. We have moved for the following reasons: To limit transportation of juveniles outside of secure facility to prevent contact with adult offenders in accordance with the OJJDP Act and to enhance the Rosebud Sioux Tribe Juvenile Justice System increasing services to our youth and community.



Rosebud Sioux Tribe Law and Order Code


Court Administrator
(605) 747-2278

Lynn Means-Clerk of Courts
(605) 856-8730

Eric One Star-Juvenile Public Defender
(605) 856-8728




Contact Information

RST Children's Court
PO BOX 129
Rosebud SD 57570

(605) 856-8730





First Offenders

A first time Juvenile Offender can enter the First Offender program which consists of 6 mandatory weekly meetings to address key topics related to delinquency and prevention. The Rosebud Sioux Tribe Alcohol Program (605) 747-2342 administers the First Offender Program.

Wellness Court

Our clinical philosophy stresses the importance of gaining knowledge and insight in order to make positive and responsible choices. Education individual counseling cultural group and family therapy help people to reduce their defenses and begin to heal and change. Treatment helps people recognize and deal with their addiction to alcohol and drugs.

The effects of substance abuse impacts the whole family. We believe it is important to view the family as a whole and to offer each youth individual group counseling and support sessions for the family. The goal of the Youth Wellness Court is to eliminate the problem of alcohol drug abuse and delinquency for each youth and family. Our program provides education tools and experience necessary for each group member to make responsible choices stop substance abuse and become a healthy member of the community.

Wellness court services: Screening Assessment/treatment plan After-school preventive education individual and group counseling Urine analysis Monitor School Attendance Cultural activities and mentoring Referrals to inpatient treatment and other programs graduated incentives/sanctions expungement of criminal record after successful completion of the program Parent sessions.

Wellness court goals: To know yourself and your strengths and gifts to understand your alcohol and drug use to communicate your feelings to learn how to live in recovery to become familiar with your re-lapse "triggers." to identify your support system in the community.

Wellness court eligibility: Youth ages 10-17 charged with two or more substance abuse related non-violent offences and families of those youth accepted into the program.

Wellness court partners: RST Alcohol treatment program RST Piyamani Otipi RST Tribal Education RST Wanbli Wiconi Tipi Sicangu Child and Family Services B.I.A. Social Services I.H.S. Mental Health Sinte Gleska University Reclaiming Futures Community Volunteers/Mentors and Extended Families.




Standard Conditions of Release

___Minor will be on house arrest to _____________________.

___Minor must appear at all hearings.

___Minor is prohibited from using or consuming ANY forms of intoxicants.

___Minor will NOT violate ANY laws of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe.

___Minor will maintain good standing in school; Follow rules have good attendance and grades.

___Minor is prohibited from having ANY contact with victim or from intimidating threatening or abusing the victim.

___Minor will not be involved in gang activity.

___Minor will obey household rules.

___Minor will have curfew at 10 pm.

___Minor will not operate a vehicle.

___Minor will attend Wellness Court/AA Meetings/Relapse Program.