Become a MEMBER at http://lakota.cc/1kvf8ka. #OurChildrenAreSacred In recent weeks, The Mette Affair has crept out of the shadows and has gained momentum. If you are not familiar with this case, please see http://lakotalaw.org/special-reports/the-mette-affair to familiarize yourself. This case epitomizes the corruption of the state of South Dakota and underscores why it is so crucial to create a Lakota run foster care system. We are determined that this deeply disturbing and bone chilling case of sexual and physical abuse of Lakota foster children by their foster parents never occurs again. A “Twitter Storm” began on July 13th and has gained significant ground. To see all of the relevant content surrounding this storm go to twitter.com and search #metterapescandal. It is essential that you, as the “public”, show your support for these innocent children, who were abandoned and forgotten for so long.
Some recent news coverage regarding this case can be found at:
http://100r.org/2012/12/rough-justice-in-indian-child-welfare/
http://www.argusleader.com/story/news/2014/05/03/secrecy-cloaks-investigations-sd-social-services/8682969/

Become a MEMBER at http://lakota.cc/1kvf8ka. #OurChildrenAreSacred

In recent weeks, The Mette Affair has crept out of the shadows and has gained momentum. If you are not familiar with this case, please see http://lakotalaw.org/special-reports/the-mette-affair to familiarize yourself. This case epitomizes the corruption of the state of South Dakota and underscores why it is so crucial to create a Lakota run foster care system. We are determined that this deeply disturbing and bone chilling case of sexual and physical abuse of Lakota foster children by their foster parents never occurs again. A “Twitter Storm” began on July 13th and has gained significant ground. To see all of the relevant content surrounding this storm go to twitter.com and search #metterapescandal. It is essential that you, as the “public”, show your support for these innocent children, who were abandoned and forgotten for so long.

Some recent news coverage regarding this case can be found at:

http://100r.org/2012/12/rough-justice-in-indian-child-welfare/

http://www.argusleader.com/story/news/2014/05/03/secrecy-cloaks-investigations-sd-social-services/8682969/

Stop the over-drugging of Lakota foster children and become a MEMBER at http://lakota.cc/1kvf8ka. Please keep sharing this post so that we can spread awareness and keep these children safe with their tribes by creating foster care run by Lakota, for Lakota. Illegal over-drugging of Lakota children. Many Lakota children in foster care are being involuntarily administered as many as five adult psychiatric drugs every day, including: Zyprexa, Geodon, Prozac, and Abilify—all of which are not allowed, by the FDA, to be administered to children without consent from their parent or guardian. The use of such powerful anti-psychotic pharmaceutical drugs on Indian children by the State of South Dakota has, in fact, increased by over 1300% since the year 1999! Due to this, and other problems with state-run foster care, when these Indian children “age out” of the state foster care system in the State of South Dakota at the age of 18, over 63 percent of these children are, by the time they are 20 years old, either homeless, in prison, or dead.  Illegal seizing of Lakota children. The children of the nine Lakota tribes of South Dakota, over the past ten-year period, have been ten times more likely to be taken by the state than White children. Every year since 2001, an average of 742 Lakota children have been seized and forcibly removed from, not only their Lakota parents, but, indeed, from their entire Lakota tribe and culture by the State of South Dakota and “placed” in all-White foster care settings. Approximately 10,000 such Lakota children have, therefore, been essentially kidnapped from their Indian culture since the beginning of this century. Although Lakota children make up less than 13 percent of the child population of the State of South Dakota, they make up over 60 percent of all of the children presently in state foster care institutions and non-native homes in the State of South Dakota.  Lakota foster care children are indeed “money-makers” for the State of South Dakota, which classifies ALL Lakota children as “Special Needs Children”, thereby authorizing the State of South Dakota to collect up to $79,000 per child, amounting to some $65 million in federal monies per year for the state.

Stop the over-drugging of Lakota foster children and become a MEMBER at http://lakota.cc/1kvf8ka. Please keep sharing this post so that we can spread awareness and keep these children safe with their tribes by creating foster care run by Lakota, for Lakota.

Illegal over-drugging of Lakota children. Many Lakota children in foster care are being involuntarily administered as many as five adult psychiatric drugs every day, including: Zyprexa, Geodon, Prozac, and Abilify—all of which are not allowed, by the FDA, to be administered to children without consent from their parent or guardian. The use of such powerful anti-psychotic pharmaceutical drugs on Indian children by the State of South Dakota has, in fact, increased by over 1300% since the year 1999! Due to this, and other problems with state-run foster care, when these Indian children “age out” of the state foster care system in the State of South Dakota at the age of 18, over 63 percent of these children are, by the time they are 20 years old, either homeless, in prison, or dead.

Illegal seizing of Lakota children. The children of the nine Lakota tribes of South Dakota, over the past ten-year period, have been ten times more likely to be taken by the state than White children. Every year since 2001, an average of 742 Lakota children have been seized and forcibly removed from, not only their Lakota parents, but, indeed, from their entire Lakota tribe and culture by the State of South Dakota and “placed” in all-White foster care settings. Approximately 10,000 such Lakota children have, therefore, been essentially kidnapped from their Indian culture since the beginning of this century. Although Lakota children make up less than 13 percent of the child population of the State of South Dakota, they make up over 60 percent of all of the children presently in state foster care institutions and non-native homes in the State of South Dakota.

Lakota foster care children are indeed “money-makers” for the State of South Dakota, which classifies ALL Lakota children as “Special Needs Children”, thereby authorizing the State of South Dakota to collect up to $79,000 per child, amounting to some $65 million in federal monies per year for the state.

Anonymous asked:

Hi my name is Ida Verdugo n i am Lakota Sioux member, so is my mom n grandma Faith Green, its goin on 4yrs my kids been in state, how can i find a lawyer to sue the State?

Please send us an email with the details of the case and we will do our best to point you in the right direction. info@lakotalaw.org

Anonymous asked:

Is there anything like an online petition going on that people can sign and spread the word about?

An online petition about what in particular? If you are referring to the Mette case, we do have a petition that can be found at http://salsa3.salsalabs.com/o/50182/p/salsa/web/common/public/content?content_item_KEY=12815

Also, more information about the Mette case can be found at http://lakotalaw.org/special-reports/the-mette-affair

Please keep sharing and become a MEMBER: http://lakota.cc/1kvf8ka. The horror story of human trafficking crosses boarders and race, but it seems to be especially bad for Native American children that are in foster care in America. The Lakota People’s Law Project has been moving forward in creating a foster care program run by Lakota, for Lakota so that the tribes are in charge of their family services programs. With this in place, the human trafficking of Native American foster children must be stopped!

Please keep sharing and become a MEMBER: http://lakota.cc/1kvf8ka.

The horror story of human trafficking crosses boarders and race, but it seems to be especially bad for Native American children that are in foster care in America. The Lakota People’s Law Project has been moving forward in creating a foster care program run by Lakota, for Lakota so that the tribes are in charge of their family services programs. With this in place, the human trafficking of Native American foster children must be stopped!

Please keep sharing and become a MEMBER at http://lakota.cc/1kvf8ka. The South Dakota Department of Social Services has been illegally removing Lakota children from their homes and their tribes, in clear violation of the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) of 1978, without giving substantial evidence or reasoning for many of the seizures (see recent ACLU blog: https://www.aclu.org/blog/racial-justice/why-are-these-indian-children-being-torn-away-their-homes). In addition to this, kinship care (children being placed with family members) is often denied. Because of this blatant denial of children’s rights, these children are being moved away from their families, their culture and their traditions. In addition to this, with funding coming from pharmaceutical companies and federal subsidies, many of these seized children are being labeled as “special needs” children and are put on cocktails of five or more psychiatric medications which have not been recommended for use in children by the FDA. This is a continuance of the Indian boarding school system, which was created from 1879 throughout the 20th century in the attempt to break familial bonds and eliminate the Native culture, but it is dressed up differently. The best solution to this slow cultural genocide that has been occurring for over 130 years is to empower the tribes with their own foster care and family services programs. With your help, we are well on the way to creating a foster care program run by Lakota, for Lakota. Please help us attain this solution by becoming a MEMBER: http://lakota.cc/1kvf8ka.

Please keep sharing and become a MEMBER at http://lakota.cc/1kvf8ka.

The South Dakota Department of Social Services has been illegally removing Lakota children from their homes and their tribes, in clear violation of the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) of 1978, without giving substantial evidence or reasoning for many of the seizures (see recent ACLU blog: https://www.aclu.org/blog/racial-justice/why-are-these-indian-children-being-torn-away-their-homes). In addition to this, kinship care (children being placed with family members) is often denied. Because of this blatant denial of children’s rights, these children are being moved away from their families, their culture and their traditions.

In addition to this, with funding coming from pharmaceutical companies and federal subsidies, many of these seized children are being labeled as “special needs” children and are put on cocktails of five or more psychiatric medications which have not been recommended for use in children by the FDA.

This is a continuance of the Indian boarding school system, which was created from 1879 throughout the 20th century in the attempt to break familial bonds and eliminate the Native culture, but it is dressed up differently.

The best solution to this slow cultural genocide that has been occurring for over 130 years is to empower the tribes with their own foster care and family services programs. With your help, we are well on the way to creating a foster care program run by Lakota, for Lakota. Please help us attain this solution by becoming a MEMBER: http://lakota.cc/1kvf8ka.

Watch the testimonial of Patrick Red Feather, a Lakota child who, unfortunately, did not live to tell his story: http://lakota.cc/1rHo7AD. His story is told through his mother and his friend who mourn for his loss. Patrick was taken from his family by South Dakota Department of Social Services and he was placed in a group home. In this home, he was put on a cocktail of psychiatric medication, which caused mood swings, depression, and eventually suicide. South Dakota needs to take responsibility! The Lakota People’s Law Project is working to end these unnecessary deaths by putting the foster care program in the hands of the Lakota tribes. Please show your support by becoming a member: http://lakota.cc/1kvf8ka.

Watch the testimonial of Patrick Red Feather, a Lakota child who, unfortunately, did not live to tell his story: http://lakota.cc/1rHo7AD. His story is told through his mother and his friend who mourn for his loss.

Patrick was taken from his family by South Dakota Department of Social Services and he was placed in a group home. In this home, he was put on a cocktail of psychiatric medication, which caused mood swings, depression, and eventually suicide.

South Dakota needs to take responsibility! The Lakota People’s Law Project is working to end these unnecessary deaths by putting the foster care program in the hands of the Lakota tribes. Please show your support by becoming a member: http://lakota.cc/1kvf8ka.

Become a member at http://lakota.cc/1kvf8ka. This is just an example of the corruption that South Dakota DSS perpetuates. Learn more about the Mette Case at http://lakotalaw.org/special-reports/the-mette-affair. There are many stories like this, which is why we are assisting the Lakota tribes to create their own foster care system. Free the Mette Children! The South Dakota Dept. of Social Services placed 7 Lakota foster children into foster care with a non-Native, known molester. In what appears to be a common situation, the state of South Dakota placed 7 Lakota children into a foster family with a known molester, Richard Mette, and his enabling wife, Wendy Mette, from 2000 to 2013. The DSS knew of the accusations against Mr. Mette, but still placed Lakota foster children with him. The state ignored MULTIPLE complaints of sexual and physical abuse, and pleas for help from the children. 1. In 2001, the state ignored the foster boys’ complaints of molestation, and simply made the Mette adoptive parents sign a contract pledging to discontinue any illegal behavior. 2. In 2007, one of the girls told the police how she was sexually molested by Mr. Mette. She reported that Mrs. Mette knew about the molestations. Again, the DSS defended the Mette foster parents, and allowed the children to stay in the home. 3. Afterwards, Kelly, the older foster sister who had aged out of the Mette foster family, was getting reports from her younger siblings that the sexual and physical abuse was increasing and intensifying. She reported this to the South Dakota DSS, who ignored it and said they did not believe the children. Yankton Doctor sees bruises and reports abuse. In October 2010, the only boy among the Mette foster siblings at that time went to see a doctor at the Human Services Center in Yankton, S.D. The child, covered with bruises, disclosed abuse occurring in his adoptive home. He also detailed how Richard Mette, the adoptive father, was molesting the girls. The doctor contacted the authorities at once.  Brandon Taliaferro, the Assistant State’s Attorney responsible for criminal child abuse cases in Brown County, immediately began an investigation. The police search the Mette house and find more evidence of sexual abuse, including enough pornography to “pack a store”, including “family incest” porn. The children revealed they had been subjected to physical abuse, sexual molestation and threats of being beaten if they did not comply with the molestation or if they told anyone. In addition, the children explained that they were often given a choice between “b***jobs or beatings”. The children say they were forced to watch incest porn with Mr. Mette. The children were told that the porn, with titles like “Family Heat”, is how families are supposed to act.  The disgusted police charged Mr. Mette with 23 counts of child rape and incest, and Mrs. Mette with 11 counts of physical abuse and enabling. The State prosecutor, however, first attempted to drop all charges, and charged sexual predator Mr. Mette with only one count of “spanking”. When the State was not allowed to do this, they decided to charge Mr. Mette with only one count of rape of a child under 10. The other 22 charges of aggravated child rape and incest were dropped. The State then dropped all charges against Mrs. Mette, who the children said knew about and enabled the abuse. Children are now back with Mrs. Mette, where they can’t sue the State DSS. As the state’s DCI agent explained, South Dakota fears that they will face an expensive lawsuit by the seven Lakota foster children whose complaints of sexual abuse were ignored by the state for 10 years. Since they are now minors in the custody of Wendy Mette, the person who enabled the abuse, they cannot sue the state without her permission and support. What can we do?  Please call Tony West, the Associate Attorney General of the United States, and let him know that the federal Department of Justice needs to Free the Mette Children immediately!  (202) 514-9500 Learn more: www.lakotalaw.org/special-reports/the-mette-affair

Become a member at http://lakota.cc/1kvf8ka. This is just an example of the corruption that South Dakota DSS perpetuates. Learn more about the Mette Case at http://lakotalaw.org/special-reports/the-mette-affair. There are many stories like this, which is why we are assisting the Lakota tribes to create their own foster care system.

Free the Mette Children!

The South Dakota Dept. of Social Services placed 7 Lakota foster
children into foster care with a non-Native, known molester.

In what appears to be a common situation, the state of South Dakota placed 7 Lakota children into a foster family with a known molester, Richard Mette, and his enabling wife, Wendy Mette, from 2000 to 2013. The DSS knew of the accusations against Mr. Mette, but still placed Lakota foster children with him.

The state ignored MULTIPLE complaints of sexual and physical
abuse, and pleas for help from the children.

1. In 2001, the state ignored the foster boys’ complaints of molestation, and simply made the Mette adoptive parents sign a contract pledging to discontinue any illegal behavior.

2. In 2007, one of the girls told the police how she was sexually molested by Mr. Mette. She reported that Mrs. Mette knew about the molestations. Again, the DSS defended the Mette foster parents, and allowed the children to stay in the home.

3. Afterwards, Kelly, the older foster sister who had aged out of the Mette foster family, was getting reports from her younger siblings that the sexual and physical abuse was increasing and intensifying. She reported this to the South Dakota DSS, who ignored it and said they did not believe the children.

Yankton Doctor sees bruises and reports abuse. In October 2010, the only boy among the Mette foster siblings at that time went to see a doctor at the Human Services Center in Yankton, S.D. The child, covered with bruises, disclosed abuse occurring in his adoptive home. He also detailed how Richard Mette, the adoptive father, was molesting the girls. The doctor contacted the authorities at once.

Brandon Taliaferro, the Assistant State’s Attorney responsible for criminal child abuse cases in Brown County, immediately began an investigation.

The police search the Mette house and find more evidence of sexual abuse, including enough pornography to “pack a store”, including “family incest” porn.

The children revealed they had been subjected to physical abuse, sexual molestation and threats of being beaten if they did not comply with the molestation or if they told anyone. In addition, the children explained that they were often given a choice between “b***jobs or beatings”.

The children say they were forced to watch incest porn with Mr. Mette. The children were told that the porn, with titles like “Family Heat”, is how families are supposed to act.

The disgusted police charged Mr. Mette with 23 counts of child rape and incest, and Mrs. Mette with 11 counts of physical abuse and enabling.

The State prosecutor, however, first attempted to drop all charges, and charged sexual predator Mr. Mette with only one count of “spanking”.

When the State was not allowed to do this, they decided to charge Mr. Mette with only one count of rape of a child under 10. The other 22 charges of aggravated child rape and incest were
dropped.

The State then dropped all charges against Mrs. Mette, who the children said knew about and enabled the abuse.

Children are now back with Mrs. Mette, where they can’t sue the State DSS. As the state’s DCI agent explained, South Dakota fears that they will face an expensive lawsuit by the seven Lakota foster children whose complaints of sexual abuse were ignored by the state
for 10 years. Since they are now minors in the custody of Wendy Mette, the person who enabled the abuse, they cannot sue the state without her permission and support.

What can we do?

Please call Tony West, the Associate Attorney General of the United States, and let him know that the federal Department of Justice needs to Free the Mette Children immediately!
(202) 514-9500

Learn more: www.lakotalaw.org/special-reports/the-mette-affair