#BlackElk was a famous holy man and medicine man of the Oglala Lakota. He wrote Black Elk Speaks and his message is respected across many different cultures. The Lakota’s most sacred resource is their children, which is why we are trying to create a permanent solution to South Dakota’s illegal taking of the Lakota children. Please help us to make this solution a reality by becoming a member at: http://lakotalaw.org/donate-new or by signing the petition at: http://lakotalaw.org/action

#BlackElk was a famous holy man and medicine man of the Oglala Lakota. He wrote Black Elk Speaks and his message is respected across many different cultures. The Lakota’s most sacred resource is their children, which is why we are trying to create a permanent solution to South Dakota’s illegal taking of the Lakota children. Please help us to make this solution a reality by becoming a member at: http://lakotalaw.org/donate-new or by signing the petition at: http://lakotalaw.org/action

We would like to take this time to thank Chase Iron Eyes for all of the work that he has done to help us create a permanent solution to the foster care issues that plague the Lakota children in South Dakota. In addition to being the South Dakota Legal Counsel and Spokesperson for the Lakota People’s Law Project, Chase Iron Eyes has been central in helping his Lakota brothers and sisters. Iron Eyes is one of the founders of Lastrealindians, which has just started printing its monthly publication! He also spearheaded the funding to buy back Pe’ Sla and the Heating the Rez campaigns. Iron Eyes is a spokesperson for the Black Hills Treaty Council and an Honor The Treaties board member. Thank you Chase for all of your contributions!

We would like to take this time to thank Chase Iron Eyes for all of the work that he has done to help us create a permanent solution to the foster care issues that plague the Lakota children in South Dakota.

In addition to being the South Dakota Legal Counsel and Spokesperson for the Lakota People’s Law Project, Chase Iron Eyes has been central in helping his Lakota brothers and sisters.

Iron Eyes is one of the founders of Lastrealindians, which has just started printing its monthly publication! He also spearheaded the funding to buy back Pe’ Sla and the Heating the Rez campaigns. Iron Eyes is a spokesperson for the Black Hills Treaty Council and an Honor The Treaties board member.

Thank you Chase for all of your contributions!

We would like to recognize some of our allies in our efforts to assist in the creation of foster care run by Lakota, for Lakota.  Bryan Brewer, the current Oglala President has always stood behind us in our efforts to keep Lakota children with their communities. Also, Chase Iron Eyes of Standing Rock and Madonna Thunderhawk of Cheyenne River, have also been long standing allies, central to the success that we have attained so far.  Thank you for all of your support!
We would like to recognize some of our allies in our efforts to assist in the creation of foster care run by Lakota, for Lakota.

Bryan Brewer, the current Oglala President has always stood behind us in our efforts to keep Lakota children with their communities. Also, Chase Iron Eyes of Standing Rock and Madonna Thunderhawk of Cheyenne River, have also been long standing allies, central to the success that we have attained so far.

Thank you for all of your support!
Let us put our minds together and see what life we can make for our children.

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The Lakota people have been suffering a cultural genocide for over 130 years. The taking of the Lakota children used to be under the guise of education in the boarding school era and it now exists through South Dakota’s Department of Social Services. DSS not only removes Lakota children from their families, often under suspicious auspices, but these children are also removed from their communities in direct violation of the Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978. We would like to ensure that this never happens again by helping to create a Lakota-run child and family service programs. Everyday we are getting closer to attaining this goal, but we cannot achieve this solution without your help and support. Please sign our petition and donate to become a member!

Sign our petition: http://lakotalaw.org/action ! Become a member: http://lakotalaw.org/donate-new .

Please take the time to share this and sign the petition at http://lakotalaw.org/action to tell South Dakota that their illegal taking of Lakota children cannot continue. Both the Standing Rock and Oglala tribes have received $300,000 Title IV-E planning grants each to begin the planning process and create their own foster care programs. The rest of the South Dakota tribes need your support to take the same action of the Oglala and Standing Rock tribes. Please sign the petition, which will be presented to the Department of Justice, the Department of the Interior, and Health and Human Services at an inter-agency meeting in Washington DC next month to request funds for the remaining tribes.

Please take the time to share this and sign the petition at http://lakotalaw.org/action to tell South Dakota that their illegal taking of Lakota children cannot continue.

Both the Standing Rock and Oglala tribes have received $300,000 Title IV-E planning grants each to begin the planning process and create their own foster care programs. The rest of the South Dakota tribes need your support to take the same action of the Oglala and Standing Rock tribes. Please sign the petition, which will be presented to the Department of Justice, the Department of the Interior, and Health and Human Services at an inter-agency meeting in Washington DC next month to request funds for the remaining tribes.

Read our most recent blog on the 28th Annual Black Hills Powwow at
lakotalawproject.wordpress.com ! The powwow was celebrated this last weekend in Rapid City, and we were there to join in the spirit of unity to create a dialogue between the tribes that have received their Title IV-E planning grants to help them create Lakota-run foster care programs. Let’s all continue with the spirit of unity to accomplish great things for the Lakota people!

What can you do to ensure that the boarding school era remains in the past? Sign our petition: http://lakotalaw.org/action ! Become a member: http://lakotalaw.org/donate-new .The Lakota people have been suffering a cultural genocide for over 130 years. The taking of the Lakota children used to be under the guise of education in the boarding school era and it now exists through South Dakota’s Department of Social Services. DSS not only removes Lakota children from their families, often under suspicious auspices, but these children are also removed from their communities in direct violation of the Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978. We would like to ensure that this never happens again by helping to create a Lakota-run child and family service programs. Everyday we are getting closer to attaining this goal, but we cannot achieve this solution without your help and support. Please sign our petition and donate to become a member!

What can you do to ensure that the boarding school era remains in the past? Sign our petition: http://lakotalaw.org/action ! Become a member: http://lakotalaw.org/donate-new .

The Lakota people have been suffering a cultural genocide for over 130 years. The taking of the Lakota children used to be under the guise of education in the boarding school era and it now exists through South Dakota’s Department of Social Services. DSS not only removes Lakota children from their families, often under suspicious auspices, but these children are also removed from their communities in direct violation of the Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978. We would like to ensure that this never happens again by helping to create a Lakota-run child and family service programs. Everyday we are getting closer to attaining this goal, but we cannot achieve this solution without your help and support. Please sign our petition and donate to become a member!

In an effort to get his charges expunged, Brandon Taliaferro, child advocate in the #Mette case, has brought his charges, which were dismissed, up for review in South Dakota. Unfortunately, acquittal charges are the only records that can be expunged, charges that are just blatantly dismissed for lack of support will stay with him forever unless the prosecutor agrees. In this case, prosecuting attorney general Marty Jackley did not agree. There’s something wrong with this story! Read or listen to the full report: http://listen.sdpb.org/post/sd-supreme-court-attorney-wants-arrest-expunged-inmate-appeals-lengthy-sentence .

Sioux Falls newspaper, the Argus Leader, shared the exciting news that two South Dakota tribes were approved for Title IV-E Planning Grants! Please continue to help us spread the news by sharing this post and signing our petition at: http://lakotalaw.org/action . The Argus Leader highlights some of the difficulty surrounding the foster care system in South Dakota as it is now and the need for the Lakota tribes to take ownership over their own child and family planning programs. The article also highlights South Dakota’s blatant violation to the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) and the victory that this grant brings to the tribes! To read the article in its entirety, go to: http://lakota.cc/1CW3rKL .

Sioux Falls newspaper, the Argus Leader, shared the exciting news that two South Dakota tribes were approved for Title IV-E Planning Grants! Please continue to help us spread the news by sharing this post and signing our petition at: http://lakotalaw.org/action .

The Argus Leader highlights some of the difficulty surrounding the foster care system in South Dakota as it is now and the need for the Lakota tribes to take ownership over their own child and family planning programs. The article also highlights South Dakota’s blatant violation to the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) and the victory that this grant brings to the tribes! To read the article in its entirety, go to: http://lakota.cc/1CW3rKL .

Sign the petition: http://lakotalaw.org/action We are overjoyed that two of the Lakota tribes (Standing Rock and Oglala) in South Dakota are going to receive their federal planning grants, but our work is far from finished. We are going to bring a delegation to Washington DC next month to meet with tribal chairmen and have an inter-agency meeting with the Department of Justice, the Department of Interior, and Health and Human Services to insist upon funding the remaining five tribes’ foster care programs.  Please go to http://lakotalaw.org/action and sign the petition at the right side of the page to show your support for the funding for the remaining Lakota tribes!

Sign the petition: http://lakotalaw.org/action

We are overjoyed that two of the Lakota tribes (Standing Rock and Oglala) in South Dakota are going to receive their federal planning grants, but our work is far from finished. We are going to bring a delegation to Washington DC next month to meet with tribal chairmen and have an inter-agency meeting with the Department of Justice, the Department of Interior, and Health and Human Services to insist upon funding the remaining five tribes’ foster care programs.

Please go to http://lakotalaw.org/action and sign the petition at the right side of the page to show your support for the funding for the remaining Lakota tribes!