The Department is a tribally chartered, professional law-enforcement agency that serves the people of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. Its mission is twofold:
A. The Department helps to prevent outside interests from encroaching upon the sovereign status of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, as guaranteed in treaties, statues, court decisions, Executive Orders, and the Constitution of the United States of America.
B. The Department maintains peace and social order among the people living on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. The Department pursues its mission by enforcing tribal and federal law, upholding the Constitution and By-laws of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, and carrying out lawful decisions of the various branches of tribal government, the Tribal Council, the Oglala Sioux Tribal President, and the Oglala Tribal Courts.
It is the Woihanble (Vision) of the Department of Public Safety to come together, with our Oyate (People) to provide safe and healthy Tiospaye's (Extended Families). Guided by our cultural beliefs and traditions, we shall provide professional law enforcement services and protection for all. With respect, dignity and courtesy, we shall be role models for the Oyate (People).
Chapter 2-Legal, Mission, Philosophy & Purpose
Oglala Sioux Tribe Department of Public Safety
The OSTDPS would like to announce and welcome the new Chief of Police Eugenio B. White Hawk. Chief of Police White Hawk brings with him 26 years as a law enforcement officer with the OSTDPS. He is certifed by the Indian Police Academy as both a law enforcement officer and criminal investigator. He is the son of Eugene J. White Hawk and Bernice (Eagle Hawk) White Hawk. He is married to Denise Carbal and has 6 children and many grandchildren. He is a tribal member and speaks the Lakota language. He is an Akicita member for life and is the Whip Carrier for the Akicita Society. He was a rider in the first Big Foot Memorial Ride and has also participated in many other rides including the Crazy Horse Ride, Big Horn Ride, and Reservation Sobriety Ride. For 22 years he helped with the horseback activities for youth and young adults. He also served as a Park Ranger at Mt. Rushmore under Gerard Baker. WELCOME CHIEF OF POLICE WHITE HAWK.