Recently, there has been many advancements for tribal foster care. First, the Department of Justice has filed a 24 page amicus brief in support of the ACLU case in Pennington County: http://lakotavoice.com/2014/08/18/u-s-department-of-justice-files-amicus-brief-supporting-indian-tribes-in-aclu-case-in-south-dakota/ We are very supportive of the ACLU case and are happy that it is addressing procedural issues in Pennington County that are profoundly unjust. The ACLU will also be presenting a report on its case to the United Nations in Geneva this month: http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2014/08/08/un-will-hear-about-lakota-child-foster-care-crisis-156282#.U_UQH7g_3JM.email Chase Iron Eyes and Daniel Sheehan met several times with the Department of Justice over the past 18 months, trying to get them to weigh in legally on the substantive issues in South Dakota. They have not had a Director of the Civil Rights Division until recently, and we believe that she is moving in a positive direction. The amicus brief supports the ACLU’s important procedural legal positions, but it also supports a substantive issue raised for years by LPLP, saying that active efforts and kinship placement are mandatory. We are very happy that the DOJ decided to add this to their amicus brief. This puts more pressure on South Dakota officials who did not want a Federal presence in these legal issues. This gives us more leverage in our upcoming meeting in D.C. with Chairmen and Federal Officials on the IV-E Planning Grants. Second, the new Secretary of Health and Human Services Department, Sylvia Burwell, just made a trip to the Port Gamble S’Klallam tribe to see and review their Title IV model tribal program. Standing Rock and LPLP got the Department of the Interior to put former Senator James Abourezk (author of the ICWA) and the Directors of the Port Gamble program into the Summit Agenda in May of 2013. Port Gamble’s representatives, Jolene and Andrea, did a power point on the program at the Summit. Now we see the head of HHS going there and being inspired by the program. Secretary Burwell now sees what the real solution looks like. http://www.northkitsapherald.com/news/271865131.html Third, the Flandreau and Lower Brule reservations are submitting their planning grant applications. This means that 8 out of the 9 reservations in South Dakota will have title IV planning grant applications submitted by the end of September. This is the critical first step for the tribes to get direct federal funding for Lakota-run foster and family care programs. Also, California Bay Area news publications have released Part 1 of a five part series on the drugging of foster children. This investigation reveals the repercussions of using drugs with foster children to fix the often deep-seated problems that require time, love, and attention. This article can be found at: http://webspecial.mercurynews.com/druggedkids/ Lastly, NPR has aired the news of the Department of Justice supporting the ACLU in their class action lawsuit and the submission of the Title IV-E Planning Grant Applications on All Things Considered this past Friday, August 30th. http://www.npr.org/programs/all-things-considered/ Thanks to all of you for all your hard work and commitment to the Lakota children and families. To make a donation or become a Lakotalaw.org Member, click here: http://lakotalaw.org/donate-new  Thanks to all who watch over these efforts.

Recently, there has been many advancements for tribal foster care. First, the Department of Justice has filed a 24 page amicus brief in support of the ACLU case in Pennington County: http://lakotavoice.com/2014/08/18/u-s-department-of-justice-files-amicus-brief-supporting-indian-tribes-in-aclu-case-in-south-dakota/

We are very supportive of the ACLU case and are happy that it is addressing procedural issues in Pennington County that are profoundly unjust. The ACLU will also be presenting a report on its case to the United Nations in Geneva this month: http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2014/08/08/un-will-hear-about-lakota-child-foster-care-crisis-156282#.U_UQH7g_3JM.email

Chase Iron Eyes and Daniel Sheehan met several times with the Department of Justice over the past 18 months, trying to get them to weigh in legally on the substantive issues in South Dakota. They have not had a Director of the Civil Rights Division until recently, and we believe that she is moving in a positive direction. The amicus brief supports the ACLU’s important procedural legal positions, but it also supports a substantive issue raised for years by LPLP, saying that active efforts and kinship placement are mandatory. We are very happy that the DOJ decided to add this to their amicus brief. This puts more pressure on South Dakota officials who did not want a Federal presence in these legal issues. This gives us more leverage in our upcoming meeting in D.C. with Chairmen and Federal Officials on the IV-E Planning Grants.

Second, the new Secretary of Health and Human Services Department, Sylvia Burwell, just made a trip to the Port Gamble S’Klallam tribe to see and review their Title IV model tribal program. Standing Rock and LPLP got the Department of the Interior to put former Senator James Abourezk (author of the ICWA) and the Directors of the Port Gamble program into the Summit Agenda in May of 2013. Port Gamble’s representatives, Jolene and Andrea, did a power point on the program at the Summit. Now we see the head of HHS going there and being inspired by the program. Secretary Burwell now sees what the real solution looks like. http://www.northkitsapherald.com/news/271865131.html

Third, the Flandreau and Lower Brule reservations are submitting their planning grant applications. This means that 8 out of the 9 reservations in South Dakota will have title IV planning grant applications submitted by the end of September. This is the critical first step for the tribes to get direct federal funding for Lakota-run foster and family care programs.

Also, California Bay Area news publications have released Part 1 of a five part series on the drugging of foster children. This investigation reveals the repercussions of using drugs with foster children to fix the often deep-seated problems that require time, love, and attention. This article can be found at: http://webspecial.mercurynews.com/druggedkids/

Lastly, NPR has aired the news of the Department of Justice supporting the ACLU in their class action lawsuit and the submission of the Title IV-E Planning Grant Applications on All Things Considered this past Friday, August 30th. http://www.npr.org/programs/all-things-considered/

Thanks to all of you for all your hard work and commitment to the Lakota children and families. To make a donation or become a Lakotalaw.org Member, click here: http://lakotalaw.org/donate-new

Thanks to all who watch over these efforts.

Please share this post and become a MEMBER at http://lakotalaw.org/donate-new to effect permanent change for the Lakota children. The Lakota People’s Law Project and the Lakota tribes of South Dakota have been working on achieving the permanent solution to the corruption of South Dakota’s Department of Social Services by rerouting federal money from the state and getting it directly to the tribes. For this to happen the Lakota tribes will have to overcome many hurdles and organize their own foster care and other family planning programs. Although we have worked on this struggle for over 8 years, we are finally breaking through and creating the system that will prevent Lakota children from being kidnapped by the state of South Dakota and taken from their communities. 8 of the 9 Lakota tribes have applied for federal funding to assist them in planning for the installation of these programs and the Department of Justice, in conjunction with the ACLU, has just released an amicus brief supporting the Lakota children and condemning the practices of South Dakota. The full brief can be read here: https://turtletalk.files.wordpress.com/2014/08/122-1amicusbriefoftheunitedstates8-14-2014.pdf  Please help make this solution a reality by donating to help the Lakota children remain with their families!

Please share this post and become a MEMBER at http://lakotalaw.org/donate-new to effect permanent change for the Lakota children.

The Lakota People’s Law Project and the Lakota tribes of South Dakota have been working on achieving the permanent solution to the corruption of South Dakota’s Department of Social Services by rerouting federal money from the state and getting it directly to the tribes. For this to happen the Lakota tribes will have to overcome many hurdles and organize their own foster care and other family planning programs.

Although we have worked on this struggle for over 8 years, we are finally breaking through and creating the system that will prevent Lakota children from being kidnapped by the state of South Dakota and taken from their communities. 8 of the 9 Lakota tribes have applied for federal funding to assist them in planning for the installation of these programs and the Department of Justice, in conjunction with the ACLU, has just released an amicus brief supporting the Lakota children and condemning the practices of South Dakota. The full brief can be read here: https://turtletalk.files.wordpress.com/2014/08/122-1amicusbriefoftheunitedstates8-14-2014.pdf

Please help make this solution a reality by donating to help the Lakota children remain with their families!

Become a MEMBER and help to change the system for Lakota foster care children: http://lakotalaw.org/donate-new
Breaking news about the over-drugging of foster care children! This is the first of a five part series, published in California’s Bay Area, on the impact of psychotropic drugs and their prevalence with foster care children. 

The Lakota People’s Law Project has known about this problem for quite sometime. It is the equivalent of putting a band-aid on a broken leg and, more often than not, psychiatric medication does more harm than good for these children who are already in a fragile state. Please click through to the following link to see the story in its entirety: http://webspecial.mercurynews.com/druggedkids/

Become a MEMBER and help to change the system for Lakota foster care children: http://lakotalaw.org/donate-new

Breaking news about the over-drugging of foster care children! This is the first of a five part series, published in California’s Bay Area, on the impact of psychotropic drugs and their prevalence with foster care children.

The Lakota People’s Law Project has known about this problem for quite sometime. It is the equivalent of putting a band-aid on a broken leg and, more often than not, psychiatric medication does more harm than good for these children who are already in a fragile state. Please click through to the following link to see the story in its entirety: http://webspecial.mercurynews.com/druggedkids/

Watch the video that the Lakota People’s Law Project made regarding the Mette affair or go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jl9Ck6QI50I. This scandal is the epitome of the corruption that occurs through the South Dakota Department of Social Services. It is unacceptable for the state to continue to cover up their mess. Let’s hold the state of South Dakota responsible and place Lakota children in safe homes.

Please join us in finding the solution for Lakota foster children by creating foster care that is run by Lakota, for Lakota and become a MEMBER: http://lakotalaw.org/donate-new We are honored to have Madonna Thunderhawk as our tribal liaison. Her strength and impact are both enduring and insightful. Please click through to the article Madonna wrote for the Daily Kos in response to National Geographic's article that reflected on the events of Wounded Knee: http://www.dailykos.com/blog/uid:454655

Please join us in finding the solution for Lakota foster children by creating foster care that is run by Lakota, for Lakota and become a MEMBER: http://lakotalaw.org/donate-new

We are honored to have Madonna Thunderhawk as our tribal liaison. Her strength and impact are both enduring and insightful. Please click through to the article Madonna wrote for the Daily Kos in response to National Geographic's article that reflected on the events of Wounded Knee: http://www.dailykos.com/blog/uid:454655

Largely due to the Standing Rock Reservation and the Lakota People’s Law Project’s invitation to the Historic Foster Care Summit in May of 2013 where the Port Gamble S’Klallam tribe was invited to give a presentation, they have since created their own Child and Family Services Programs, including their own foster care program. We are overjoyed that Sylvia Burwell, the new secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, has just visited Port Gamble, taking notice of the success of their programs and seeing the solution to years of culture genocide. We are confident that the Lakota tribes of South Dakota will follow suit. Thank you all for supporting us in our vision of foster care run by Lakota, for Lakota. Please keep sharing this story and become a member at: http://lakotalaw.org/donate-new The news article recording this historic event can be found at: http://www.northkitsapherald.com/news/271865131.html

Largely due to the Standing Rock Reservation and the Lakota People’s Law Project’s invitation to the Historic Foster Care Summit in May of 2013 where the Port Gamble S’Klallam tribe was invited to give a presentation, they have since created their own Child and Family Services Programs, including their own foster care program.

We are overjoyed that Sylvia Burwell, the new secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, has just visited Port Gamble, taking notice of the success of their programs and seeing the solution to years of culture genocide. We are confident that the Lakota tribes of South Dakota will follow suit.

Thank you all for supporting us in our vision of foster care run by Lakota, for Lakota. Please keep sharing this story and become a member at: http://lakotalaw.org/donate-new

The news article recording this historic event can be found at: http://www.northkitsapherald.com/news/271865131.html

Please support the Lakota people in this historic event and become a member: Become a member at http://lakotalaw.org/donate-new The Lakota People’s Law Project is pleased to announce that two more Tribes have applied for Title IV-E Planning Grants from the federal government. Please click through to get the full press release: http://www.prweb.com/releases/2014/08/prweb12107368.htm

Please support the Lakota people in this historic event and become a member: Become a member at http://lakotalaw.org/donate-new

The Lakota People’s Law Project is pleased to announce that two more Tribes have applied for Title IV-E Planning Grants from the federal government. Please click through to get the full press release: http://www.prweb.com/releases/2014/08/prweb12107368.htm

In a momentous shift of events, the Department of Justice has finally taken legal action in South Dakota, jumping on board to help create a permanent solution for the Lakota tribes. Please continue to share this story, as we are now one step closer to victory! In addition to supporting the important procedural legal argument of the ACLU, the Department of Justices’ brief also addresses the substantive issue of the Lakota People’s Law Projects which is that: Active efforts and kinship placement is mandatory. The amicus brief that was filed on August 14th can be found here: https://turtletalk.files.wordpress.com/2014/08/122-1amicusbriefoftheunitedstates8-14-2014.pdf  The Rapid City Journal covered the story this last Tuesday on August 18th and it can be found here: http://lakota.cc/1uYnYge .  Please check out these progressions and share the story!

In a momentous shift of events, the Department of Justice has finally taken legal action in South Dakota, jumping on board to help create a permanent solution for the Lakota tribes. Please continue to share this story, as we are now one step closer to victory!

In addition to supporting the important procedural legal argument of the ACLU, the Department of Justices’ brief also addresses the substantive issue of the Lakota People’s Law Projects which is that: Active efforts and kinship placement is mandatory.

The amicus brief that was filed on August 14th can be found here: https://turtletalk.files.wordpress.com/2014/08/122-1amicusbriefoftheunitedstates8-14-2014.pdf

The Rapid City Journal covered the story this last Tuesday on August 18th and it can be found here: http://lakota.cc/1uYnYge .

Please check out these progressions and share the story!

***Update - We want all of our fans to be up to date on the most correct information and, although it is true the 8 of the 9 Lakota tribes have taken steps towards the Title IV Solution, they are all at different levels of the process. To be exact: 5 tribes—Yankton, Standing Rock, Cheyenne River, Crow Creek, and Pine Ridge—have submitted Title IV-E Planning Grant Applications; Flandreau has recently completed their application, Lower Brule is finalizing their application, and Rosebud has already received their planning grant. Also, the decision as to who will be approved for the grants will be made by mid-September and any monies will be released by mid-October.***



Let’s tell the federal government that the Lakota tribes of South Dakota deserve the Title IV Planning Grants! Keep Sharing and Become a MEMBER: http://lakotalaw.org/donate-new . 8 of the 9 Lakota tribes of South Dakota have submitted their Title IV Planning Grant Applications. Now is the time that we must demonstrate our seriousness in creating foster care for Lakota children that is run by each Lakota tribe. The federal government will decide to approve or reject these applications by mid-October, and until then, we will be contacting the Department of Interior and Department of Justice to back us in our desire for the Department of Health and Human Services to approve these grants. Each of these grants that are approved will assist each tribe in creating the infrastructure that is integral in constructing their own Child and Family Planning Programs. However, without the assistance of our generous supporters, we would not have been able to reach this important milestone. Please continue to support our efforts by becoming a member: http://lakotalaw.org/donate-new .

***Update - We want all of our fans to be up to date on the most correct information and, although it is true the 8 of the 9 Lakota tribes have taken steps towards the Title IV Solution, they are all at different levels of the process. To be exact: 5 tribes—Yankton, Standing Rock, Cheyenne River, Crow Creek, and Pine Ridge—have submitted Title IV-E Planning Grant Applications; Flandreau has recently completed their application, Lower Brule is finalizing their application, and Rosebud has already received their planning grant.

Also, the decision as to who will be approved for the grants will be made by mid-September and any monies will be released by mid-October.***

Let’s tell the federal government that the Lakota tribes of South Dakota deserve the Title IV Planning Grants! Keep Sharing and Become a MEMBER: http://lakotalaw.org/donate-new .

8 of the 9 Lakota tribes of South Dakota have submitted their Title IV Planning Grant Applications. Now is the time that we must demonstrate our seriousness in creating foster care for Lakota children that is run by each Lakota tribe. The federal government will decide to approve or reject these applications by mid-October, and until then, we will be contacting the Department of Interior and Department of Justice to back us in our desire for the Department of Health and Human Services to approve these grants.

Each of these grants that are approved will assist each tribe in creating the infrastructure that is integral in constructing their own Child and Family Planning Programs. However, without the assistance of our generous supporters, we would not have been able to reach this important milestone. Please continue to support our efforts by becoming a member: http://lakotalaw.org/donate-new .
Please keep Sharing and Become a MEMBER: http://lakotalaw.org/donate-new Our team is pounding the pavement to create a foster care system in South Dakota that is run by Lakota, for Lakota. This solution is essential to tribal sovereignty and children’s rights. So many Lakota children have been displaced from their communities, abused, and abandoned because of the corrupt practices of the South Dakota Department of Social Services. It is so important for these children to stay with their communities and learn their language, culture, and traditions before the Lakota culture is demolished. 8 out of 9 tribes in South Dakota have submitted their Title IV Federal Planning Grant Applications to gain access to funds that will be essential in creating the infrastructure for Lakota-run Child and Family Service Programs. With your support, we will win this battle and the children will be protected.

Please keep Sharing and Become a MEMBER: http://lakotalaw.org/donate-new

Our team is pounding the pavement to create a foster care system in South Dakota that is run by Lakota, for Lakota. This solution is essential to tribal sovereignty and children’s rights. So many Lakota children have been displaced from their communities, abused, and abandoned because of the corrupt practices of the South Dakota Department of Social Services. It is so important for these children to stay with their communities and learn their language, culture, and traditions before the Lakota culture is demolished.

8 out of 9 tribes in South Dakota have submitted their Title IV Federal Planning Grant Applications to gain access to funds that will be essential in creating the infrastructure for Lakota-run Child and Family Service Programs.

With your support, we will win this battle and the children will be protected.