Charles Abourezk

Charles Abourezk, a longtime activist in the struggle for the human rights of indigenous people, is a person of many hats: he is a trial attorney (partner in the Abourezk Law Firm in Rapid City, South Dakota), a trial consultant, a writer, a documentary filmmaker (current film in production is “Red State Blues” and prior award-winning, nationally distributed feature documentary is “A Tattoo On My Heart”). He is also a political campaign consultant for state and federal races. Currently a Justice of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe Supreme Court, he is also a member of the South Dakota Advisory Committe to U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. He is an adjunct faculty member at Black Hills State University, where he teaches Sociology & American Indian Studies and at Oglala Lakota College in the Lakota Leadership Program where he teaches courses on development, community organization, and the psychology of oppression. He also teaches elementary and secondary teachers in Rapid City, SD in continuing education courses on racism, American Indian issues, and group dynamics. He was the permanent representative to the U.N. Commission on Human Rights for the International Treaty Council 1979-1983.

Charlie is currently writing two nonfiction books, “The Fragmented Society,” about the polarization and deterioration of American society since the Reagan presdency and the necessity of a more socioeconomically-integrated and empathetic society. His other films and televsion work include “It Can Happen to Anyone: AIDS on Indian Reservations,” and “Reservation Life” for NBC. His published articles include “Group Formation in Jury Selection,” “The Use of Psychodrama n Depositions, Direct and Cross-Examination,” “Representing Unpopular Clients, Unpopular Causes,” in GP Solo Magazine – ABA, “Restoring Democracy to America,” and “Constructing Reality in the Court Room: Narrative, Emotions, and Multi-Dimensional Storytelling.”


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