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Over the last few weeks you and thousands of other Idle No More supporters signed-up with your email address to receive updates and info about Idle No More actions and events. We continue to be amazed and humbled by our Peoples awakening and want to thank you for taking action. We recognize and honor you for being among the many who are just getting involved or are among the many who have been taking political action for years.

North York - €”At this evening’€™s Canada celebration at Mel Lastman Square, a group of activists as part of Idle No More’s Sovereignty Summer campaign, scaled the main stage at Toronto’€™s official Canada Celebration and ‘dropped’€™ a banner reading, €œ”Oh Canada, your home on Stolen Native Land.”

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
DONATE: http://lakota.cc/13PXyPt

#SwampLine9 in Solidarity with Elispitogog Standing Strong Against Fracking

The settler government of so-called New Brunswick has allowed South-Western Energy (SWN), a Houston based company, to explore 2.5 million acres of land – Crown land that is unceded Mik’maq and Maliseet territories. On June 11th, a Sacred Fire was lit to oppose shale gas and the development of the fracking industry on their territories. Indigenous and non-Indigenous community members have come together to form a nonviolent encampment, blocking seismic testing trucks owned by SWN as they prevent further excavation on stolen and occupied Indigenous lands for the purpose of resource extraction. Fracking is a vile practice developed by a capitalist system in desperation that poisons and destroys water tables and de-stabilizes tectonic plates causing tremors in regions degenerated into frack-lands.

Resource extraction and the imposition of power by settler governments is but a part of the ongoing project of colonialism faced by Indigenous peoples. We at the Swamp Line 9 blockade recognize that Indigenous communities are disproportionately impacted by the environmental and socio-cultural impacts of industries such as the tar sands and fracking. The Line 9 pipeline crosses through over a dozen Indigenous communities all the way from Aamjiwnaang to Kanesatake. Resource extraction and land theft are part of an ongoing assault on Indigenous nations, contributing to the systemic and systematic projects of genocide and assimilation, directly attacking Indigenous lifeways and ways of being.

"It is not enough to support frontline land defence by Indigenous Peoples; as settlers on Indigenous Territories we also have an inherent responsibility to put our own bodies on the line, especially in recognition of the fact that land theft and the destruction of Peoples’ territories is perhaps the most central strategy of the genocidal project of settler-colonialism," said blockader Geoff Delaney from Hamilton.

As both settlers and Indigenous blockaders Swamp Line 9 stands in solidarity with the Mik’maq and Maliseet Peoples and the Peoples of the Wabanaki Confederation who are exercising their responsibilities as peoples Indigenous to Turtle Island to protect the land and water. Nonviolent direct action allows us to disrupt corporate colonialism and directly confront SWN and Enbridge in the face of poor community consultation processes, particularly in the case of Indigenous communities. Those holding their ground in Elispitogog at the Sacred Fire have faced incredible state repression, with a huge and confrontational presence by RCMP. Droves of RCMP officers have been documented sweeping in to peaceful protests in Elispitogog, primarily arresting Indigenous women and youth – on the evening of the solstice an Indigenous woman who is 9 months pregnant was taken away by the police. Women bringing medicines, performing sacred duties, making tobacco offerings, singing and drumming, have been the primary target of settler-state repression and continue to face the brunt of colonial interests on the front lines as they take up their responsibilities to the natural world. We condemn the colonial violence being exercised by the state at the hands of the RCMP.

We at Swamp Line 9 understand that the place where we stand our ground is occupied and stolen territory. This site is shared traditional lands amongst the Chonnonton, Misi-Zaagiig Anishinaabek and Onondowaga Haudenosaunee peoples. It is through undoing the invisibilization of colonial narratives, understanding the impacts of colonial-capitalist social structures on Indigenous nations, and risking our comfort for the survival, not only of future generations, but the complexity of rich ecosystems that survive us - that we stand in solidarity with the Sacred Fire in Elispitogog.

Chase Iron Eyes needs your support!

We must all demand that the treaties be honored and the Lakota foster children be returned home! “The rate and manner of removal of Indian children is tantamount to genocide; it accomplishes the same results as forced transferal of our children to boarding schools in the past. It leads to the erasure of our dignity as original peoples of this continent.” For a full briefing on the ongoing, de facto genocide against Indian people in South Dakota, visit the Lakota People’s Law Project website.

Read his blog post here! GET INFORMED!

READ HERE: http://lakota.cc/14nhcCL

LEGAL SUIT AGAINST OTTAWA’S CHILD WELFARE SERVICES

"Our children keep being taken away from First Nation families in even greater numbers today than during the residential school era,” said Shawn Atleo of the Assembly of First Nations.

What’s happening? Experts estimate there are at least 27,000 aboriginal children who have been removed from their immediate families.

Legal action started in 2007, arguing child-welfare services on reserves received 22 per cent less funding than off-reserve services, even though the need was far greater. - The Canadian Press 

VERY SIMILAR to what is currently going on in South Dakota and other states.

HELP LAKOTA PEOPLES PROJECT BY SIGNING THE PETITION TO INVESTIGATE SOUTH DAKOTA. HERE!

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Lakota Grandparents IGNORED in South Dakota

 

#SouthDakota First Lady Daugaard claims that a foster home shortage is the reason why 90% of #Lakota foster children are placed in non-Native homes. But the state frequently REJECTS GRANDPARENTS for reasons like age, income, size of home, and decades-old crimes. And as of July 2011, 39 Native foster homes sat EMPTY!

Petition: http://lakota.cc/172NUI3 Read: http://lakota.cc/14WcAX2 #IdleNoMore #SovSummer #rez

List of lowest-income counties in the United States

The above chart shows the level of economic challenge that South Dakota is confronting. 7 of the 11 poorest counties in the U.S. are made up mostly of reservation land in South Dakota. All on the western side of the state (the tribes of Crow Creek, Pine Ridge, Standing Rock, Cheyenne River, Rosebud).

WHY has this happened? To help explain how this poverty came to exist, consider this from our colleague Chase Iron Eyes: one particular mining company among many operating in the Black Hills has taken close to $80 billion in gold of the area!

The Black Hills is land that the Sioux were promised by the Fort Laramie Treaty of 1868 and that the UN believes should be returned to them now. 

 

(via List of lowest-income counties in the United States - Wikipedia)

In the past few weeks the South Carolina court has ordered #BabyVeronica returned to the adoptive couple; her father is filing an appeal. The Indian Child Welfare Act MUST be respected and upheld. 
Sign our petition to help keep Native American children with their families and cultures:http://lakota.cc/16I9p4D

Hello, relatives and friends. My name is Chase Iron Eyes. It is an honor to introduce myself and announce my new role as South Dakota counsel for the Lakota People’s Law Project (LPLP). I’m energized to represent the cause of Indian child welfare (for it is a cause that belongs to us all), and I write today to urge you to consider the real human implications of this crisis, and to contribute. We are getting ready to leap forward in our work—but we can only do it with your help.

As you know, for years LPLP has stood on the frontlines of America’s plains, fighting to keep Native children in Native homes and to prevent bigoted bureaucrats and policies from obstructing our way of life, eradicating our traditions and crippling our future.

Do you agree that the state of South Dakota should respect our right to raise our own children? Donate $50 to support our work today and you’ll receive a free t-shirt with beautiful artwork by acclaimed artist Shepard Fairey and photographer Aaron Huey.

During my career, I have worked to end the marginalization of my brothers and sisters by fighting in courts, by co-founding LastRealIndians.com, and by serving on the board of HonorTheTreaties.org (HTT), an organization that amplifies the voices of Indigenous communities by funding collaborations between Indian artists and advocacy groups. I’m elated to announce that the Lakota People’s Law Project has expanded its outreach this year by sponsoring and partnering with HTT.

Together, our fight is creating real change!

In May, after LPLP pressured the Bureau of Indian Affairs, powerful officials from Washington D.C. met with tribal leaders and others at an Indian Child Welfare summit in Rapid City.

In June and July, we visited across the state to collect support for a resolution to secure government funding for tribes to administer their own child and family services agencies. Already the councils from Standing Rock, Rosebud, Crow Creek, Flandreau, Sisseton, Yankton, and Cheyenne River have passed this resolution.

Now we are ready to make history. Though we are pushed to fight to defend our children, our determination emanates from a place of love and healing. I write to you today with a song of battle in my heart. I hope you will sing with me.

Please help support our summer fundraising campaign with a donation of $50 or more and we’ll send you a free, beautiful t-shirt by Shepard Fairey and Aaron Huey, declaring a phrase Lakota children grow up hearing: The Black Hills Are Not For Sale!

Your generous contribution will support all the timely work being done by LPLP and the tribes and our continued mission to bring indigenous voices into the national dialogue, to gain government cooperation, and to rightly place Native children into Native homes.

Lila Wophila Ichichapelo (thank you all for your time),

Chase Iron Eyes, Esq.
South Dakota Counsel
Lakota People’s Law Project

For more than 100 years Lakota children have been taken from their families. It began in the 1880s under a U.S. Government policy of forced assimilation: children as young as 5 years old were removed from their homes, shipped to boarding schools, and stripped of their native culture. Today, a generation of children is once again losing its connection to its culture. This time it’s through state-run foster care.Over the past decade, the state of South Dakota has removed more than 5,000 Native American children from their homes.

HELP US STOP THIS! We are currently having our Summer Fundraising Campaign and need your help to continue our efforts for the Lakota Children. 

DONATE TODAY! Any contribution helps, but right now we are proud to announce a special offer in collaboration with acclaimed street artist Shepard Fairey. Donate $50+ and you’ll receive a free, beautiful T-shirt with striking artwork by the street artist himself. CLICK TO DONATE NOW!

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Native-run foster care IS worth the effort!

It’s time for the state and South Dakota tribes to work together to keep Native American children in foster homes on the reservations.
After 35 years of Indian Child Welfare Act legislation that requires Native children first be placed in a Native home, about 80 percent still are showing up in white foster homes, risking the loss of culture and language for those children.

Sign the Petition NoW!
Http://lakotalaw.org/metre-petition

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(via The Argus Leader)

Sovereignty Means Raising OUR Children OUR Way

A recent ‪#‎SouthDakota‬ law gives DSS agents the personal authority to reject parents’ wishes that their child be placed into foster care with a grandparent or relative. This just makes it HARDER for Native children to be placed with their family! 

Sign our petition! http://lakota.cc/172NUI3


‪#‎IdleNoMore‬ ‪#‎SovSummer‬ ‪#‎NDN‬ ‪#‎rez‬ ‪#‎Lakota‬ ‪#‎ICWA‬

HONOR THE CHILDREN!

U.N High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay issued a statement urging states to keep their promises and honor the treaties made with Indigenous peoples no matter when they were signed!

August 9th marked the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples. Pillay reminded us that treaties are important because they often marked the end of a period of conflict, exploitation and expropriation. 

The U.N. released a  Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in September 2007, which will play an important role in promoting the recognition, observance and enforcement of treaties and other arrangements concluded with states.  Read More

Help us Investigate South Dakota’s Foster Programs! Sign the Petition HERE NOW!

 

YOUR VOICES ARE NOT BEING HEARD!
Schumacher-Matos report on NPR reporter Laura Sullivan story Native Foster Care, defended South Dakota’s illegal seizures and separations of Lakota children and families, but he interviewed hardly any Lakota! Nearly all the comments on his report congratulate this bad journalism.

HELP US INFORM HIM AND HIS COMMENTERS THAT THEY ARE MISGUIDED!!

1. Go to our report page and READ our talking points: http://lakota.cc/17kqssv 
2. Register with NPR: http://www.npr.org/templates/reg/

3. Comment in the ombudsman’s stream: http://lakota.cc/15RXMJa
4. HELP US LIKE all the right comments in support of LPLP by clicking the little up arrow at the bottom left.