South Dakota Organizations

Dakotans for Equal Rights (DER)
PO. Box 122
Keldron SD  57634
605-374-5836 tel/fax
James Petik

Dakotans for Equal Rights was organized to protect the environment, local economic stability, and the customs and cultures of all citizens through the protection of civil rights and property rights for all people. Members are both Tribal members and non members working together to find solutions to reservation problems. DER is concerned about a tribal practice of implementing business, tax, and regulatory schemes over non tribal businesses and private lands. The local tribes proposal to implement a business license was vigorously apposed as it would have subjected non tribal members to tribal authority. Non members do not have a voice in tribal government resulting in taxation without representation.