Sign the Petition! Encourage your network to sign! Bring the Lakota children home: lakotalaw.org/action
South Dakota has been willfully and blatantly violating the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) for years, now, 35 years later, the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) is taking steps to beef up the federal law so that its intent is more clear, “Assistant Secretary [Washburn] announced that the BIA will publish…revised BIA guidelines for State Courts and Agencies in Indian Child Custody Proceedings to support the full implementation and purpose of ICWA”.
Over 740 Native children are removed from their families every year in South Dakota. Not only are they removed from their parents, but they are usually not allowed to stay with their relatives or communities. If this continues, the Lakota culture will be erased.
The article goes on to say, “Congress enacted ICWA after hearings which found that an alarmingly high percentage of Indian families had been broken up when public and private agencies subjected Indian children to unwarranted removal, most of whom were placed in non-Indian homes.”
Please help to support the return of the Lakota children and end the state-sanctioned kidnapping in South Dakota by signing our petition and encouraging your friends and family to do the same: lakotalaw.org/action
The entire article can be read here: http://bit.ly/1DXpMJt
Also, check out our daily blog uncovering injustice throughout Indian Country: ourchildrenaresacred.org , most recently highlighting the decision of the BIA to create new guidelines for ICWA.