Elaine Yellow Horse


Thunder Valley Community Development Center

Rapid City, SD

Elaine Yellow Horse is enrolled member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe.

Ms. Yellow Horse recently joined Thunder Valley Community Development Coorporation. Prior to pursuing her juris doctorate, she served four years as a tribal prosecutor for the Oglala Sioux Tribe on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, where she grew up in the community of Wounded Knee. She is eager to apply her tribal court experience and formal education to advocacy for the firm’s clients.

A recent graduate, Ms. Yellow Horse has completed coursework in the following areas pertinent to working in Indian country: Federal Indian Law; Tribal Courts and Tribal Law; Water Law; Environmental Law; Administrative Law; and Indian Gaming and Economic Development. She is currently working toward admission to the South Dakota Bar.


Knudson School of Law; University of South Dakota (J.D., 2022); Oglala Lakota College (B.A. Lakota Studies, 2013).

Prior Legal Experience

Robins Kaplan Extern (2022); Great North Innocence Project Extern (2020-2021); Oglala Sioux Tribe Intern (2020); Barnhouse, Keegan, Solimon & West LLP Intern (2020); Peter Caposella Intern (2020); Oglala Sioux Tribe Attorney General’s Office Prosecutor (2013-2017).

Formal Recognitions/Awards

Advanced to Elite 8 Round at 2022 National Native American Law Students Association Moot Court Competition and Sweet 16 Round in 2021.

Associations, volunteer experience, and/or teaching positions

University of South Dakota Knudson School of Law Ambassador 2020-2022; NALSA Chapter President 2021-2022 and Vice-President 2020-2021; OUTlaws 2019-2022.

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