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!


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.

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: Read: #IdleNoMore #SovSummer #rez

#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.

4th Annual Tar Sands Healing Walk

A Different Way to Protect our Land, Air, Water and Climate from Tar Sands Expansion

The tar sands…

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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:

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!

(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!

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


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!


Man allegedly SOLD “upwards of 50 Native American children from North Dakota” to out-of-state, non-Native families last year. Indian children are easier to place, “because they’re lighter-skinned.” They allege “blatant selling of Indian children (to non-Native adopters) by lawyers who make anywhere from $25,000 to $100,000 in legal fees for these children.” PETITION: Read:

Now is the time for tribes to take action and create their OWN foster-care systems! The state has not been acting in good faith. “If we wait for a solution to come from Washington, we will lose another generation of our children”. ‪#‎SovSummer‬‪#‎IDLENOMORE‬

NATIVENEWSNETWORK-    US Supreme Court Denies Cherokee Father, Dusten Brown, His Appeal to Block Adoption

Dusten Brown, the Cherokee Nation citizen and biological father of Baby Veronica, was denied his plea by the US Supreme Court to block the adoption of Veronica that will move her some 700 miles from her Oklahoma she presently shares with Mr. Brown.

The nation’s highest court on June 25th remanded the case back to the South Carolina Supreme Court. The US Supreme Court ruled the South Carolina Supreme Court misapplied the Indian Child Welfare Act in its July 2012 decision that ruled in Mr. Brown’s favor.


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South Dakota is 3rd MOST CORRUPT state by proportion of convicted elected officials. But no state official has been charged in the Mette scandal! SD covered up the sexually abusive Mette foster parents’ case, prosecuted the children’s advocates who were trying to save the Lakota foster children, and still keeps the children living with Mrs. Mette, who knew about the abuse! Let’s make SD #1 ! Petition: