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Wed Jan 2, 2013, 05:25 PM

Lakota Child Rescue Project (X-Post from Native American)



One afternoon in 2008, Janice Howe—a Dakota Indian—waited at the bus stop for her grandchildren to come home from school. They never arrived.

Earlier that day, a social worker had taken Janice’s grandchildren. They were driven to a white foster facility hundreds of miles away. The reason stated in the case file: a “rumor” that Janice’s daughter, Erin Yellow Robe, had been using drugs. She hadn’t. To this day, Janice’s daughter hasn’t been charged or arrested for drugs—or anything else.

For the next year and a half, Janice fought to get her grandchildren back. She called the state’s director of social services. She wrote letters to the governor. Finally, she convinced her tribal council to threaten the state with kidnapping. A few weeks later, her grandchildren were returned…on a “trial basis.”

Since 2005 the Lakota People’s Law Project has been working with hundreds of families who share Janice’s story. But they haven’t all been so lucky. Over the past decade, the state of South Dakota has removed more than 5,000 Native American children from their homes.

Sadly, this problem is not new. 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 instructed in the ways of white culture. Today, a generation of children is once again losing its connection to its culture. This time it’s through state-run foster care.

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Response to OmahaBlueDog (Original post)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 05:36 PM

1. They should be placed with Relatives ahead of Fostercare


Perhaps the Tribal Council can declare that policy to be upheld under threat of not allowing CPS on tribal lands

But you won't find much pitty from me if Mom has problems with Drugs, and Alcohol.

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Wed Jan 2, 2013, 05:51 PM

2. Social services


This actually happens quite a bit with no proof of anything and it's not just a case of the Lakota. Too much government interference in our lives, plain and simple and the fact that most social workers think they were personally endowed with everything everyone ever, ever needed to know. Ever.

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