WBCWS 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 Woman 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. 

Crisis Toll Free Hotline 1-844-856-2317


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 round 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. 


Our Mission

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. 

Help by Donating Today

At White Buffalo Calf Womens Society we are working to create hope and the opportunity for a better world. But we can only do it with your help. Join with us in our mission and donate now. 


Sicangu MVP supports male survivors and/or any person who identifies as male of violence and their families by identifying and providing safety, support, culturally supportive response and advocacy to our male and identifying male relatives ages 10-18 years of age, who have experienced violence such as Interpersonal Violence, Child Abuse/Child Neglect, Gang Related Violence, Teen Dating Violence, Bullying, Sexual Assaults and Self Harm.
The Sicangu MVP will work with program partners whom are; Sicangu Owayawa Oti (Rosebud Dormitory), Boys & Girls Club of Rosebud, RST Wanbli Wiconi Tipi (JDC), RST Tokala Inijinyo, Tiwahe Glu Kini Pi, Wica Agli, Native American Advocacy Program, St. Francis Indian School, and Todd County School District. These program partners will help the project identify male relatives and their families in the communities. 

White Buffalo Calf Women's Society
Traditional Mini Dress workshop
creating a traveling display

This workshop was developed with the hope of helping victims/survivors and families, cope with the trauma if sexual assault. The goal is for those who take part in this workshop, to be able to create a miniature Lakota dress with whatever type of designs that will help to express how they are coping with the trauma of sexual assault.  WBCWS will provide all the materials needed. We would like to use your stories without any mention of names. We need to break the cycle of silence, only then can you began to heal, and help others heal too .