“With social ills and new age addictions plaguing Indigenous homelands and communities, and incarceration numbers reaching alarming rates; Iron House Nation was created to shed light and to bring a voice to the table of humanity.”

Maza Tipi Oyate

Our goal

The direction of Maza Tipi Oyate is to create prevention initiatives for youth: our children are sacred. We have forgotten the teachings of our ancestors and this is not only the teachings of Native American ancestors but of all people.

Together we want to motivate the youth, use our experiences to prevent them from being incarcerated and connect them with the positive influence of community leaders, educators, musicians, artists, lawyers and speakers to empower the future generations.

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Mission Statement

With incarceration numbers reaching alarming rates, we know the Iron House will be the end result of many of our Indigenous youth. Those of us at Maza Tipi Oyate, hope by walking in the footsteps of our ancestors and reaching out to the world for help and unifying with the spirit of compassion, we can begin to mend our sacred hoop of life. The futures of Indigenous peoples and youth should not be as prisoners, and our homes should not be Prison Cells!

  • Total Native American Population in South Dakota 7%
  • Native Americans Incarcerated in South Dakota 21%

We need your help

To further this journey I am seeking people of true compassion and interest to help me advance my efforts.

I need people to be a part of this voice, to educate the public, use social media to start a discussion, develop an organizing strategy, fund raise for outreach projects, and pressure politicians and decision makers to create change.

Regardless of who you are, or where you come from, you can make a huge difference for the Indigenous Peoples that have been forgotten.

Get in touch with us if you’re willing to help change the present into a better future.

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Robert A. Horse #13466
Mike Durfee State Prison
1412 Wood Street
Springfield, SD 57062-2238

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Problems of liberty and justice on the Plains

Problems of liberty and justice on the Plains

Foggy Mount Rushmore: Leaders and residents alike believe the cycle of crime, accusations and prison time is costing them yet another generation of Native Americans. And they believe no one has noticed, including the candidates running for president of the United States. The problem in Todd County, South Dakota, is that too many of their young men end up behind bars. There are many well-documented underlying factors leading to crime and imprisonment, that minorities have higher poverty rates than whites. The broken trailer windows and cars in disrepair on the Rosebud Sioux reservation give a clue that the lack of an economy is inextricably woven into the culture and society of the area. The United States currently leads the world in incarcerations, both in sheer number and in rate. And those numbers have been going up. The number of people in U.S. prisons nearly doubled in the 1990s, according to the Census Bureau. It has continued to go up, though by less sharp of an increase, in the past decade. It’s gone up more than 2½ times in South Dakota in that time. “I think every family on this reservation has (a family member) in prison. It’s beginning to be normal now, when people used to be ashamed of it.” –Rose Bear Robe “Tribal leaders have been raising this concern of the use of over-incarceration,” said John Dossett, general counsel to the National Congress of American Indians. “They really want to find other solutions to what is actually social dysfunction.” At an average cost for all prisons state and federal, of $30,000 per inmate per year, according to data... read more