A Helping Hand to

Victims of Violence

We Provide Services to Victims of Sexual Assault, Dating Violence, & Stalking

A Helping Hand to

Victims of Violence

We provide services to victims of sexual assault, dating violence, & stalking

Safe Haven for Women in South Dakota

Our work is guided by the teachings of Pte San Win to restore the spirit of every individual who seeks our help in their time of need.

White Buffalo Calf Women’s Society is a 501c3 Native Non-Profit organization that was founded by our Lakota grandmothers to serve our relatives and their families whose lives are directly and indirectly impacted by violence. Our community can depend on us for response and support.

We provide services to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, and stalking. Our primary purpose has always been to offer safe shelter to victims of violent crimes on the Rosebud Reservation.

Our work is guided by the teachings of Pte’ San Win to restore the spirit of every individual who seeks our help in their time of need. We extend our knowledge and cultural resources to empower our community to end violence in and around Rosebud Reservation.

What’s Happening!

Respond, Support & Follow Up

We respond to crisis calls 24 hours a day 7 days a week. We respond, support, and follow up with our young relatives' ages 11-21 of both genders. We respond to crisis calls from the hospital emergency room, local schools, and the police department. We provide shelter, transportation, cultural healing, crisis counseling, support groups, court accompaniment, protection and restraining orders, and personal advocacy.

Weekly support groups for domestic violence for our shelter residents as well as those from the community who desire to have healing opportunities.

Participants have opportunities to learn traditional art, experience cultural healing and traditional spirituality learning that is intrinsic to our services.

The civil and criminal court system can often be overwhelming and difficult to understand, especially if your life has been turned upside down by stalking, domestic violence (DV), and/or sexual assault (SA). Our legal advocate works within the criminal justice and civil court systems to protect the safety and rights of you and your children.

Working With Community

We work with our community members to help them understand the nature of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking, and child abuse.

We can come to your site and provide information and strategies about what you can do to stop these terrible crimes or help you understand how to support a friend, relative, or child who has been a victim or give you more information about how you can help.

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Our shelter can hold up to 36 women and children. We also serve men, and we have confidential agreements with local hotels to provide safe places for them. We have advocates on-site 24/7 who provide for the needs of those housed within our shelter walls. We have a full kitchen and laundry on site. We have cameras in and around the shelter, and electronic doors, and a speaker system, so no one may enter the building without approval from staff.

Our Background

White Buffalo Calf Women’s Society provides services to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, and stalking. The primary purpose of WBCWS has always been to offer safe shelter to victims of violent crimes on the Rosebud. The White Buffalo Calf Women’s Society, Inc. was initially founded in 1977 as a non-profit organization, and in 1980 our organization became the first women’s shelter on an Indian Reservation in the United States.

WBCWS, a Non-Profit, was founded by our Lakota grandmothers to serve our Relatives and their families whose lives are directly and indirectly impacted by violence. Our community can depend on us for response and support.

Our work is guided by the teachings of Pte’ San Win to restore the spirt of every individual who seeks our help in their time of need. We extend our knowledge and cultural resources to empower our community to end violence in and around Rosebud Reservation.

White Buffalo Calf Women's Society

Our Culture

Sicangu Oyate (Rosebud Reservation) is located in south-central South Dakota and is comprised of 22 communities spanning 1,442 square miles. The reservation exterior boundaries are approximately 60 miles long and 50 miles wide. The Sicangu Lakota have jurisdiction over six independent Indian communities, which are located within the historical boundaries of the Rosebud reservation but lie outside the now existing reservation borders.

The Rosebud Sioux Tribe extends into five counties: Todd, Tripp, Mellette, Gregory, and Lyman. The Rosebud Sioux Tribe has approximately 33,212 tribal members and 28,230 who reside in and around the Rosebud Reservation.

The language we are trying to conserve is Lakota, and we are a proud nation working together to end domestic and sexual violence.