In what could be the largest climate change protest in history, Madonna Thunder Hawk, board member of the Lakota People’s Law Project, will be leading the People’s Climate March in New York City. There will be similar protests and marches taking place all over the world to engage in the issue of climate change and its implications. As stewards of this planet and its inhabitants, indigenous people will be leading the New York march demanding that leaders take notice of the problems that are occurring in conjunction with climate change, and that we must think of future generations in our present actions. These protests will precede the United Nations Summit that will take place this coming Tuesday the 23rd where 125 countries are expected to convene to announce non-binding initiatives to reduce carbon emissions that fuel global warming. Many believe that this UN Summit will not take the strident course necessary to affect real change in these issues; leaving all of our futures on a tenuous platform.

In what could be the largest climate change protest in history, Madonna Thunder Hawk, board member of the Lakota People’s Law Project, will be leading the People’s Climate March in New York City. There will be similar protests and marches taking place all over the world to engage in the issue of climate change and its implications.

As stewards of this planet and its inhabitants, indigenous people will be leading the New York march demanding that leaders take notice of the problems that are occurring in conjunction with climate change, and that we must think of future generations in our present actions.

These protests will precede the United Nations Summit that will take place this coming Tuesday the 23rd where 125 countries are expected to convene to announce non-binding initiatives to reduce carbon emissions that fuel global warming. Many believe that this UN Summit will not take the strident course necessary to affect real change in these issues; leaving all of our futures on a tenuous platform.

The Lakota People’s Law Project is working to create a permanent solution for Lakota foster children and families by creating Lakota run foster care. Unfortunately, we are unable to take on individual cases at this time, but through spreading awareness, we can all help to create the change that so many young children need. Many of you are aware of the latent corruption that is involved in the Mette Case of South Dakota. For those of you that aren’t aware, there’s a brief summary below and more information can be found at: http://lakotalaw.org/special-reports/the-mette-affair . We ask you to contact Virgena Wiesler, the Acting Program Administrator for the Child Protection Services Department of the Department of Social Services in South Dakota. Please call, write, or email Ms. Wiesler telling her that you are aware of the activities and accusations that have been brought upon South Dakota’s Depatment of Social Services and insist upon the release of the children from Wendy Mette’s custody. These children have been through enough and they belong with their relatives that are more than able to care for them. Contact Info: Virgena Wiesler Acting Program Administrator Child Protection Services Department of Social Services Richard F Kneip Building 700 Governors Drive Pierre, South Dakota 57501-2291 phone: (605) 773-3227 email: virgena.wiesler@state.sd.us Mette Affair Summary: The South Dakota Dept. of Social Services placed 7 Lakota foster children into foster care with a non-Native, 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. Brandon Taliaferro, the Assistant State’s Attorney responsible for criminal child abuse cases in Brown County, immediately began an investigation. The police searched 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. 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.  The state then went after the Lakota childrens’ advocates instead! Rather than save the Mette children from a known sexual predator and his enabling wife, the state of South Dakota brought felony charges against Brandon Taliaferro, the attorney who started the investigation and advocated for the kids, and Shirley Schwab, the childrens’ Court  Appointed Special Advocate (CASA). The judge acquitted the advocates of all charges, due to the state’s complete lack of evidence against Taliaferro and Schwab. Children are now back with Mrs. Mette, where they can’t sue the State DSS. 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.

The Lakota People’s Law Project is working to create a permanent solution for Lakota foster children and families by creating Lakota run foster care. Unfortunately, we are unable to take on individual cases at this time, but through spreading awareness, we can all help to create the change that so many young children need.

Many of you are aware of the latent corruption that is involved in the Mette Case of South Dakota. For those of you that aren’t aware, there’s a brief summary below and more information can be found at: http://lakotalaw.org/special-reports/the-mette-affair .

We ask you to contact Virgena Wiesler, the Acting Program Administrator for the Child Protection Services Department of the Department of Social Services in South Dakota. Please call, write, or email Ms. Wiesler telling her that you are aware of the activities and accusations that have been brought upon South Dakota’s Depatment of Social Services and insist upon the release of the children from Wendy Mette’s custody. These children have been through enough and they belong with their relatives that are more than able to care for them.

Contact Info:
Virgena Wiesler
Acting Program Administrator
Child Protection Services
Department of Social Services
Richard F Kneip Building
700 Governors Drive
Pierre, South Dakota 57501-2291
phone: (605) 773-3227
email: virgena.wiesler@state.sd.us

Mette Affair Summary:
The South Dakota Dept. of Social Services placed 7 Lakota foster children into foster care with a non-Native, 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.

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

The police searched 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.

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.

The state then went after the Lakota childrens’ advocates instead! Rather than save the Mette children from a known sexual predator and his enabling wife, the state of South Dakota brought felony charges against Brandon Taliaferro, the attorney who started the investigation and advocated for the kids, and Shirley Schwab, the childrens’ Court
Appointed Special Advocate (CASA).

The judge acquitted the advocates of all charges, due to the state’s complete lack of evidence against Taliaferro and Schwab.

Children are now back with Mrs. Mette, where they can’t sue the State DSS. 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.

The Legend of the White Buffalo Woman is one of the most sacred Lakota and Plains Indian legends. She brought the Sacred Buffalo Calf Pipe to the Sioux and teaches the Lakota and Plains tribes of community and civilization. The White Buffalo Woman also holds the children sacred, and as so, they must be protected: “The White Buffalo Woman also talked to the children, because they have an understanding beyond their years. She told them that what their fathers and mothers did was for them, that their parents could remember being little once, and that they, the children, would grow up to have little ones of their own. She told them: ‘You are the coming generation, that’s why you are the most important and precious ones.’” For the full story of the White Buffalo Woman, please go to: http://www.pyramidmesa.com/buffalowoman1.htm . To help the Lakota children, please become a member at: Two very old tribal pipes are kept by the Looking Horse family at Eagle Butte in South Dakota. One of them is the Sacred Pipe brought to the people by White Buffalo Woman.

The Legend of the White Buffalo Woman is one of the most sacred Lakota and Plains Indian legends. She brought the Sacred Buffalo Calf Pipe to the Sioux and teaches the Lakota and Plains tribes of community and civilization. The White Buffalo Woman also holds the children sacred, and as so, they must be protected: “The White Buffalo Woman also talked to the children, because they have an understanding beyond their years. She told them that what their fathers and mothers did was for them, that their parents could remember being little once, and that they, the children, would grow up to have little ones of their own. She told them: ‘You are the coming generation, that’s why you are the most important and precious ones.’”

For the full story of the White Buffalo Woman, please go to: http://www.pyramidmesa.com/buffalowoman1.htm . To help the Lakota children, please become a member at:

Two very old tribal pipes are kept by the Looking Horse family at Eagle Butte in South Dakota. One of them is the Sacred Pipe brought to the people by White Buffalo Woman.

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While Crazy Horse, Sitting Bull, and Red Cloud of the Lakota (Teton Sioux) may get a brief mention in the average American history class, there are countless other heroes in our peoples history who are painfully absent, and deserve to have their stories told as well. Leaders like Little Crow, Wanata, Young Man Afraid of his Horses, and Gall risked or sacrificed everything for the preservation of their people, only to to be stricken from our history books and lost to the annals of time. Please take the time to read a few of these, so that the memory of their heroism may live on.

Remember those that stood up for the Lakota way!




On August 30th NPR took interest in the Lakota People’s Law Project and our cause yet again by airing the news that the Department of Justice supports the ACLU in their class action lawsuit. NPR also took notice of the submission of the Title IV-E Planning Grant Applications by five Lakota tribes with two more in the process of submitting. This can be heard on All Things Considered. To listen to the full story, go to: http://lakota.cc/1vNYnXz The Argus Leader of South Dakota has also recently published a story by Chase Iron Eyes about the ongoing Mette affair and has given perspective to the situation in light of upcoming elections in South Dakota. To read the story in its entirety, please see: http://lakota.cc/1qcfsr2 In an effort to expose the over-drugging of foster care children, California Bay Area news publications have released Part 1 of a five part series revealing the repercussions that are associated with using drugs to deal with the often deep-seated problems foster children face rather than time, love, and attention. This article can be found at: http://webspecial.mercurynews.com/druggedkids/ We also want our supporters to know that we are continuing to make progress in our plight! Both the Flandreau and Lower Brule reservations are preparing to submit their planning grant applications. This means that 7 out of the 9 reservations in South Dakota will have title IV-E Federal Planning Grant Applications submitted by the end of September, and an additional tribe has already received their planning grant. This is the critical first step for the tribes to get direct federal funding for Lakota-run foster and family care programs! Thanks to all who watch over these efforts.
 — with Daniel Sheehan and Chase Iron Eyes.
On August 30th NPR took interest in the Lakota People’s Law Project and our cause yet again by airing the news that the Department of Justice supports the ACLU in their class action lawsuit. NPR also took notice of the submission of the Title IV-E Planning Grant Applications by five Lakota tribes with two more in the process of submitting. This can be heard on All Things Considered. To listen to the full story, go to: http://lakota.cc/1vNYnXz

The Argus Leader of South Dakota has also recently published a story by Chase Iron Eyes about the ongoing Mette affair and has given perspective to the situation in light of upcoming elections in South Dakota. To read the story in its entirety, please see: http://lakota.cc/1qcfsr2

In an effort to expose the over-drugging of foster care children, California Bay Area news publications have released Part 1 of a five part series revealing the repercussions that are associated with using drugs to deal with the often deep-seated problems foster children face rather than time, love, and attention. This article can be found at: http://webspecial.mercurynews.com/druggedkids/

We also want our supporters to know that we are continuing to make progress in our plight! Both the Flandreau and Lower Brule reservations are preparing to submit their planning grant applications. This means that 7 out of the 9 reservations in South Dakota will have title IV-E Federal Planning Grant Applications submitted by the end of September, and an additional tribe has already received their planning grant. This is the critical first step for the tribes to get direct federal funding for Lakota-run foster and family care programs!

Thanks to all who watch over these efforts.
— with Daniel Sheehan and Chase Iron Eyes.
Foster and Family Care Run by Lakota, for Lakota Now that five tribes have applied for Title IV-E Federal Planning Grants, it is absolutely critical that we support the development of tribal child and family service programs! Over the next twenty-four months, we have an opportunity to form a new type of relationship between Indian tribes and the United States federal government. This opportunity hinges upon us taking action while our allies, such as Assistant Secretary Kevin Washburn, are still in office.  This fall, the Lakota People’s Law Project will assist in coordinating the efforts among tribal leadership for the development of tribal guardianship and foster care programs both on and off of reservations. We must lay the framework of an internal structure of support for Native American children and families; no longer can we rely on the State of South Dakota to uphold our sacred trust! Lakota People’s Law Project has partnered with A Positive Tomorrow and Chase Iron Eyes to lead a team of organizers and identify the community elders on each reservation and to facilitate their involvement throughout the planning process. The leadership of tribal elders is essential for the implementation of traditional standards of placement and care for Lakota children, and their guidance is fundamental to the process of developing tribal child and family services programs. We will also assist in the coordination and deliverance of a proposal for the Flandreau-Santee Sioux and Lower Brule Tribes, both of whom have directed their attention towards an inter-agency agreement between the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Department of Justice (DOJ), and the Department of the Interior (DOI). The purpose of this proposal is to secure the necessary funding for a 24-month planning period for the tribes who have not yet applied for or received a grant.  The Lakota People’s Law Project will continue assessing the potential training costs, administrative salaries, and technological capacity building which are necessary for the successful implementation of tribal Title IV-E programs. By 2016, the Lakota People’s Law Project hopes to have successfully assisted, in one way or another, all nine of the Federally recognized tribes in South Dakota with their development and implementation of Tribal Title IV-E Programs. There are two tribes currently undergoing internal discussions regarding the best course of action moving forward, and we will continue to make ourselves available for their support at any time throughout the process of developing tribal foster care programs.

Foster and Family Care Run by Lakota, for Lakota

Now that five tribes have applied for Title IV-E Federal Planning Grants, it is absolutely critical that we support the development of tribal child and family service programs! Over the next twenty-four months, we have an opportunity to form a new type of relationship between Indian tribes and the United States federal government. This opportunity hinges upon us taking action while our allies, such as Assistant Secretary Kevin Washburn, are still in office.

This fall, the Lakota People’s Law Project will assist in coordinating the efforts among tribal leadership for the development of tribal guardianship and foster care programs both on and off of reservations. We must lay the framework of an internal structure of support for Native American children and families; no longer can we rely on the State of South Dakota to uphold our sacred trust!

Lakota People’s Law Project has partnered with A Positive Tomorrow and Chase Iron Eyes to lead a team of organizers and identify the community elders on each reservation and to facilitate their involvement throughout the planning process. The leadership of tribal elders is essential for the implementation of traditional standards of placement and care for Lakota children, and their guidance is fundamental to the process of developing tribal child and family services programs.

We will also assist in the coordination and deliverance of a proposal for the Flandreau-Santee Sioux and Lower Brule Tribes, both of whom have directed their attention towards an inter-agency agreement between the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Department of Justice (DOJ), and the Department of the Interior (DOI). The purpose of this proposal is to secure the necessary funding for a 24-month planning period for the tribes who have not yet applied for or received a grant.

The Lakota People’s Law Project will continue assessing the potential training costs, administrative salaries, and technological capacity building which are necessary for the successful implementation of tribal Title IV-E programs.

By 2016, the Lakota People’s Law Project hopes to have successfully assisted, in one way or another, all nine of the Federally recognized tribes in South Dakota with their development and implementation of Tribal Title IV-E Programs. There are two tribes currently undergoing internal discussions regarding the best course of action moving forward, and we will continue to make ourselves available for their support at any time throughout the process of developing tribal foster care programs.

Please share this post and become a MEMBER at http://lakotalaw.org/donate-new to affect permanent change for the Lakota children!  There are too many inequities and inconsistencies within the state of South Dakota. The corrupt government has preyed upon innocent Lakota children for far too long. We are taking the steps to create a permanent solution for Lakota children. Stand with us on our journey!

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

There are too many inequities and inconsistencies within the state of South Dakota. The corrupt government has preyed upon innocent Lakota children for far too long. We are taking the steps to create a permanent solution for Lakota children. Stand with us on our journey!