The Native American Advocacy Program (NAAP) was established in 1992 on the Rosebud Sioux Tribe Reservation with the purpose of advocating for tribal members with significant disabilities on the nine reservations in South Dakota. In doing that work, NAAP realized that many disabilities could be prevented, which led to a prevention program being started.

Now NAAP’s purpose is two-fold. Our prevention program focuses on helping youth and at risk youth on the reservations of South Dakota build a cultural identity based upon the traditional Lakota way of life. We believe that Native youth need to know their culture and have access to people, places, and environments that help them to develop healthy lifestyles, without alcohol, drugs, or violence.

Our second purpose is to guide Native American people with disabilities toward a more independent life style. We are also committed to being a cross disability organization, meaning that we are inclusive of persons with all types of disabilities. This allows support to individuals that have been under or unrepresented in the disability movement. We believe that Native Americans who have disabilities have the right to equal access to services, support systems, and advocacy regardless of their socioeconomic status, rural living, and culture.

NAAP is a statewide, non-profit, grassroots organization for persons residing on and off the lands of the nine tribal nations in South Dakota.  We are centered with the state of South Dakota.  In addition to chartered by the Rosebud Sioux Tribe. 

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