This week the Black Hills is hosting an international conference on indigenous water rights and protection. This is the third gathering of the Mni Ki Wakan World Indigenous Peoples Decade of Water.
One of the keynote speakers is Kelsey Leonard, a lawyer from the Shinnacock Indian Nation.
She told participants on Tuesday, Aug. 13, that indigenous people need to find their own political power and fight for equal participation under international law.
SDPB's Victoria Wicks has this story.