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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. 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.
Illegal over-drugging of Lakota children. Many Lakota children in foster care are being forced to take as many as five adult psychiatric drugs every day without consent from their parent or guardian. 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.
Follow the Money. South Dakota classifies ALL Lakota children as “Special Needs Children”, thereby collecting up to $79,000 per child, which amounts to approximately $65 million in federal monies per year for the state.
Accomplishments. After eight years of diligent work by Lakota grandmothers, a 2011 expose by National Public Radio, and scrutiny by Congress, the State of South Dakota has agreed to step back. Governor Daugaard (2013) stated that he supports the transfer of all federal monies previously provided to the State of South Dakota for Indian child and family services to the tribes. On June 25th, five Lakota tribes, representing over 90 percent of the Lakota people in South Dakota, submitted their Title IV-E Applications for Federal Planning Grants.
Action needed. We need your help in raising $500,000 for the nine Lakota tribes of South Dakota to successfully complete this process and achieve the solution of a foster care system run by Lakota for Lakota.
We would like to thank you for expressing interest to participate in this historic effort to assert tribal sovereignty on the part of the Lakota people. This initiative will pave the way for the rest of Indian Country so we can protect and assist our families and children with our own programs.