When will the US Government’s abuse of Native Americans end? When they are all dead? Or is it when they all forget their great heritage?
This week, NPR did a mini series on “Indian Child Welfare”. Even though the law states that Native American children are to live with a family member within the tribe, South Dakota places Native American children in foster care outside of the reservation. Fifty percent of the children living in foster care in South Dakota are Native Americans. In case you missed this story, you can learn more about it here, from Native American Netroots.
According to NPR Laura Sullivan is known for her investigative reporting on the plight of the country’s most disadvantaged people. NPR also lists Ms. Sullivan’s 2007 revelation of the widespread rape of Native American women on their reservations, committed largely by non-Native men. This tragic story took place, and continues to take place, on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in the Dakotas.
The Lakota Peoples Law Project (LPLP) has documented the theft and destruction of Indian children. Native children are being taken at an alarming rate. LPLP investigators and attorneys have found that the South Dakota Department of Social Services in a misguided attempt to help the children removes them from their families and places them in non-Indian households, foster-care settings, and state institutions for years. These children often experience sexual and emotional abuse, medical over-drugging, and inadequate education. According to LPLP lead attorneyDaniel P. Sheehan, the current system is a failure. Mr. Sheehan’s research shows that South Dakota, is one of the worst offenders nationwide. Nearly two-thirds of children in state foster care in South Dakota are Native American. By age twenty, over 60% of these children are dead, homeless, or in prison.
The greedy are not content with all the land that they stole over the past 150 + years. They are now going after more land. So the Dakota Oyate have occupied the Crow Creek Reservation.
The Lakota have struggled for 158 years. Here is their story which will not be found in any school board approved history book.
The genocide continues and the MSM is quiet.
I remember reading “Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee” and crying for hours. It was an awakening.
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“May you have faith in your worth and act with wisdom”… Yogi tea tag.