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Trial attorney/Trial Consultant

.Political campaign consultant for state and federal races.

Currently Justice of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe Supreme Court.

Member of South Dakota Advisory Committee to U.S. Commission on Civil Rights

Adjunct Faculty Member at Black Hills State University (Sociology & American Indian Studies), South Dakota State University (Ph.D. Program), and Oglala Lakota College (Graduate Program in Lakota Leadership)


Charles Abourezk





"The Fragmented Society" currently being written. "This book is a nonfiction work about the polarization and transformation of American society since the Reagan presidency, and the necessity of a return to a more socioeconomically-integrated and empathetic society, which has always been the necessary precondition to our periods of national progress and optimism."

"The Last Colonies:  America's Indian Reservations." 



   "Health Care Crisis in Indian Country," (soon to be published).







 Films, Publications and Articles


A Tattoo On My Heart: The Warriors of Wounded Knee 1973, Copyright 2004 by Badlands Films, Inc. (Co-Producer, Co-Director, and Co-Writer, with Brett Lawlor) 1 hour documentary currently airing on American Public Television stations around country. A Badlands Film Production. Warriors Of Wounded Knee or Film Baby.com

Directed two documentaries including; "It Can Happen to Anyone: AIDS on Indian Reservations," Copyright 1989 by Charles Abourezk (Producer, Writer, and Director) AIDS on Indian Reservations, and a documentary for NBC entitled "Reservation Life".


"Unpopular Clients, Unpopular Causes" ABA’s GP Solo magazine, Jan./Feb. 2004.

"Restoring Democracy to America," The Warrior magazine, Fall 2003.

"Reimbursing the U.S. Government Upon Recovery From Third Party Tortfeasors," Published May/June 2003, The Barrister, SDTLA.

"Constructing Reality in the Court Room: Narrative, Emotions, and Multi-Dimensional Storytelling," Published 2001, and distributed to students and alumni of Gerry Spence’s Trial Lawyers College.

"Group Formation in Jury Selection." Published 2000, and distributed to students and alumni of Gerry Spence’s Trial Lawyers College.

"The Use of Psychodrama in Depositions, Direct and Cross-Examination." Published 1999, The Warrior magazine. Also, distributed to students and alumni of Gerry Spence’s Trial Lawyers College.

"From a Lawyer's Heart, a Pulse of Poetry: REVIEW OF Snaps: Poetry and Prose From A Family Album." 41 S.D. L. Rev. 624 (1996); Charles Abourezk.


"Constructing Reality 2001"(word format)

"Report to the Dean of the University of South Dakota School of Law: Native Americans and the University of South Dakota School of Law" Report compiled and written by Charles Abourezk, with Frank Pommersheim [and] John Davidson. Publisher: Vermillion, S.D.: University of South Dakota School of Law, 1991.

"Alternative Dispute Resolution in South Dakota's Tribal-State Conflict: Obstacles and Possibilities" Publisher: Vermillion, S.D.: University of South Dakota School of Law], 1990

 Professional Experience


"Charles Abourezk Presents ..." Concert Promotion Company, Rapid City, South Dakota

Charles Abourezk Consulting - Trial and Group Dynamics Training Consultant

Badlands Films
President & Shareholder with Brett Lawlor, Rapid City, South Dakota

Abourezk Law Firm
Partner & Attorney, Rapid City, South Dakota

.Former contributing editor of Native Nations magazine (New York)

.Former Minority Affairs Producer for South Dakota Public Television and on-air host of "Four Directions."

Former director, co-producer and on-air host of "First Person Radio," a weekly national radio news magazine, a production of  Migizi Communications, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

.Co-founder and first news director/Assistant Programming Director of KILI Radio on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.

.Former editor of Oyate Wicaho newspaper on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.


Brett Lawlor and Charles Abourezk

.Former editor of the Volante newspaper, University of South Dakota.

.Founding President and former Bar Commissioner, of the Sicangu Oyate (Rosebud Sioux) Bar Association 1994-95

Trial consultant

.Political campaign consultant for state and federal races.

Retired Justice of the Oglala Sioux Nation Supreme Court.

.1998-2005, Board member/faculty member at Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College, Dubois, Wyoming.

Permanent Representative to the UN Commission on Human Rights for the International Indian Treaty Council, 1979-1983.




University Of South Dakota
Vermillion, SD
Graduated: 1992
Student status: Alumni
Degree: Professional
Major: Law School
1985 to 1992

South Dakota State University
Brookings, SD
Graduated: N/A
Major: Counseling
1999 to Present

University Of South Dakota
Vermillion, SD
Graduated: 1986
Degree: BA Political Science & Mass Communications


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