Published January 7, 2016
EAGLE BUTTE, SOUTH DAKOTA—The Lorna Rochelle Ducheneaux Trust and Ms. Ducheneux’s family is sad to announce the passing of the Trust’s Founder Judge Lorna Rochelle Ducheneaux.
Judge Ducheneaux passed surrounded by her family on November 8, 2015 after a yearlong battle with cancer. Born the ninth of eleven children in Old Agency, South Dakota, she lived a good life highlighted by being a daughter, granddaughter, sister, mother and aunt to a loving family which she always considered her biggest accomplishment. She leaves a legacy of advocacy for Native American rights through her charitable trust.
The Lorna Rochelle Ducheneaux Trust is a charity dedicated to the strengthening of Native American governments through the development and advocacy of tribal courts by providing scholarships, training and mentoring for people working in the tribal judicial system.
Founded by Judge Rochelle Ducheneaux in 2015, the Trust is focused on promoting victim’s rights through the establishment of robust tribal judicial systems.
“My goal is to make the tribal judicial system stronger and more accessible,” said Judge Ducheneaux. “Domestic violence is a plague on reservations and I hope, through my foundation, to create a fair and consistent application of the law.”
Judge Ducheneaux was fundamental in establishing the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribal Mobile Court—a one of a kind service for people living in remote areas of the reservation.
The family asks that donations be made to the Lorna Rochelle Ducheneaux Trust c/o the State Bank of Eagle Butte.