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The Indian Child Welfare Act states that Native American children can only be placed with non-Native families as a last resort. In South Dakota, however, this law has been ignored, resulting in a large number of native children who are isolated from their culture and familiar way of life.

Help us investigate South Dakota’s foster care system! 


SIGN THE PETITION: http://lakota.cc/16I9p4D
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Ojibwe writer David Treuer jokes that the Sioux “corner the market in Indian cool:” 

"Those plains tribes—Lakota, Dakota, Nakota, Crow, Cheyenne, Blackfeet, Arikara—those are really cool tribes and when people close their eyes and imagine an Indian, well, they tend to imagine some plains Indian on the back of a horse and they don’t tend to imagine stocky Ojibwe people living in swamps, trapping beavers and eating rabbits. So yeah, I will say that some of our neighboring tribes are in some ways cooler than we are, but in some ways of course not. … Those plains tribes have great names like Crazy Horse, Sitting Bull, those are awesome. Some of our famous Ojibwe chiefs have names like Moose Dung, Little French Man, Bad Boy, Curly Head, Flat Mouth and I mean, those are interesting, but not quite as cool as Sitting Bull."

Treuer is the author of the 2012 book Rez Life. His new novel is called Prudence.

-NPR's Ombudsman DEFENDS South Dakota's daily violations of the federal and human rights of Lakota children who are placed in non-Native homes, instead of with grandparents-

Read our full rebuttal here!

OUR TALKING POINTS:
1. The Ombudsman (Edward Schumacher-Matos) talked to virtually no Lakota people when preparing his report. The report relies almost solely on government sources and is therefore inherently biased. 

 2. The Ombudsman failed to grasp the cultural bias of state law and D.S.S. workers.

 3. The Ombudsman failed to check his sources and verify false claims, leading him to inaccurate conclusions.

 4. The Ombudsman mischaracterized South Dakota’s skyrocketing foster Care seizures. 

5. The Ombudsman’s main argument has been subsequently rejected by news outlets including NPR, the Rapid City Journal, and TIME Magazine. 

 6. The Ombudsman doesn’t understand the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA).

 7. The Ombudsman ignores the economic benefits South Dakota gers from Native Foster Children. 

YOU CAN HELP US CONTINUE TO TELL THE REAL STORY. COUNTERACT THE OMBUDSMAN’S MISGUIDED ASSAULT BY TAKING THE FOLLOWING ACTIONS: 

1. READ our Talking Points here or above.

2. Comment on his blog! Register and Comment on the Ombudsman’s Blog here

MAKE HIM LISTEN TO LAKOTA PEOPLE AND THEIR STORIES! DON’T ALLOW OUR VOICES TO GET LOST IN A SEA OF COMMENTS! HELP WITH COMMENTS NOW!

Support the Effort to Investigate South Dakota’s Foster Care Programs by signing the petition and getting informed!

A formal complaint has been delivered to the United Nations Office due to the more than 700 Native American children removed from their homes and placed in foster care each year in South Dakota. Of those children, about 87 percent are placed with non-native families or group homes, far from their Indian communities, culture, and ceremonies. A violation of the Indian Child Welfare Act, we argue.

Exploitation for Profit is WRONG! Stop increasing Pharmaceuticals and separating families!

Read Al Jazeera’s Article HERE

SIGN THE PETITION HERE: http://lakotalaw.org/mette-petition

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The Department of Social Services makes up 53% of the entire budget for the state of South Dakota every year, right on the backs of the Native people. Genocide is not too strong a term for what is now happening in South Dakota. The huge, shocking violation of legal and human rights being carried out by the state is tantamount to genocide against the Native American nations, the Lakota, Dakota and Nakota Sioux, residing within its borders. It is the abduction and kidnapping by state officials, under the cover of law, of American Indian children. http://healthimpactnews.com/…/south-dakota-foster-care…/