Natalie Stites Means

Ernesto Yerena

From student activism at UCLA to her current work in her tribal homelands in South Dakota, Natalie Stites Means ’99, J.D. ’07 advocates for indigenous peoples. After earning her law degree, Means served her tribal communities, focusing on juvenile justice and violence against women. She played a vital role in the emergency response to and recovery from an ice storm that caused energy and water systems failures at the Cheyenne River Reservation, and she protested against the Dakota Access Pipeline. She serves on the South Dakota Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.