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.

Take part in this historic event for the Lakota people to gain tribal sovereignty by becoming a MEMBER: http://lakotalaw.org/donate-new Eight out of Nine tribes have submitted their Title IV Federal Planning Grant Applications which includes the Rosebud tribe that has already received this planning grant. If these grants are approved for the rest of the tribes, they will be instrumental in funding the tribes’ Child and Family Planning Program infrastructure. With this funding, the tribes will be able to hire experts, educate and train Lakota employees, purchase computer programs and equipment, and fund other necessities that are involved in this undertaking. Without the support of our members and other generous donors, we would not have reached this major milestone and we would like to thank all of those who have supported us in our efforts. Please continue to show your support at this critical juncture so that the Lakota people can create a foster care system run by Lakota, for Lakota.

Take part in this historic event for the Lakota people to gain tribal sovereignty by becoming a MEMBER: http://lakotalaw.org/donate-new

Eight out of Nine tribes have submitted their Title IV Federal Planning Grant Applications which includes the Rosebud tribe that has already received this planning grant. If these grants are approved for the rest of the tribes, they will be instrumental in funding the tribes’ Child and Family Planning Program infrastructure. With this funding, the tribes will be able to hire experts, educate and train Lakota employees, purchase computer programs and equipment, and fund other necessities that are involved in this undertaking.

Without the support of our members and other generous donors, we would not have reached this major milestone and we would like to thank all of those who have supported us in our efforts. Please continue to show your support at this critical juncture so that the Lakota people can create a foster care system run by Lakota, for Lakota.