A recent South Dakota law continues their policy of protecting sexual abusers of Native children! In SD, a sex abuse victim can only sue within 3 years. Now, victims over 40 can only sue abusers, not the organizations that enabled the abuse. Why? A lawyer defending molesters at an Indian boarding school asked the state to help! Read: http://bit.ly/XCeS9O Petition:http://lakota.cc/139N8qK
South Dakota COVERED UP and ENABLES SEXUAL ABUSE of Lakota girls! When four Lakota foster girls in the Mette family’s care testified that they were being brutally raped and abused, state officials didn’t try to protect the girls—instead they tried to protect themselves. Then they accused two child advocates, the foster girls’ most vocal allies, of making the children lie. They also dropped nearly every one of the felony charges against the abusive father. Even worse, the Lakota girls were still returned to the Mette foster family! South Dakota is abusing its power as a protector of children. Please, SHARE this video and SIGN our petition to get Congress and the Justice Department to investigate South Dakota. Watch: http://lakota.cc/17SEfVU Petition:http://lakota.cc/139N8qK
From the summit: “The term termination of parental rights is foreign to us as Lakota. We know as grandmothers and mothers that we are the mothers of our sisters children, that is our way.”-Mrs. Phyllis Young, Hunkpapa Lakota; Standing Rock Tribal Council. TRIBE is FAMILY, State is Not! Please sign our petition asking the Justice Dept. and Congress to investigate South Dakota! http://lakota.cc/12qmkC4
South Dakota redefined “neglect”, and now 95.8% of children seized are taken for “neglect”. The new definition includes homes “whose environment is injurious to the child’s welfare”. This definition is often interpreted by mostly white DSS workers to mean “poor.” POVERTY IS NOT NEGLECT! We need DIRECT FEDERAL FUNDING for tribal foster care! Listen:http://lakota.cc/170RWEu Petition:http://lakota.cc/12qmkC4
The SD governor was too busy to attend the summit, but still got a burrito in Rapid City. We should have brought tortillas to our buffalo feeds! The state gets $72,000 a year in federal funds for every Native foster child, but won’t talk about abuses of Native foster children. Further evidence the tribes need DIRECT federal funding for tribal foster care! Read:http://lakota.cc/16UEuCd Petition:http://lakota.cc/12qmkC4
Thanks to everyone who made it out to the summit on Native foster care in Rapid City last week! It would not have been possible without your petition signatures urging the BIA to hold the summit, and your attendance last wee! But we WON’T STOP there. Please sign our latest petition asking the Justice Department and Congress to investigate a SD cover up of abuse!
Federal officials met with South Dakota’s nine Sioux tribes on Wednesday for a historic summit in Rapid City. A year in the making, it was an effort to address long standing concerns over the high number of Native American children the state places in white foster homes. State officials, however, didn’t show up for the meeting.
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