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May 19, 2013

Focus:Indigenous Rights
Action Request:Petition
Location:South Dakota, United States

Please, read the story, sign the petition and help spread the word:

https://salsa3.salsalabs.com/o/50182/p/salsa/web/common/public/content?content_item_KEY=10987

One afternoon in 2008, Janice Howe—a Dakota Indian—waited at the bus stop for her grandchildren to come home from school. They never arrived.
           
That afternoon, a social worker had taken Janice’s grandchildren. They were driven to a white foster family hundreds of miles away. The reason stated in the case file: a “rumor” that Janice’s daughter, Erin Yellow Robe, had been using drugs. She hadn’t. To this day, Janice's daughter has never’t been charged or arrested for drugs—or anything else.
           
For the next year and a half, Janice fought to get her grandchildren back. She called the state’s director of social services. She wrote letters to the Governor. Finally, she convinced her tribe’s council to threaten the state with kidnapping. A few weeks later, her grandchildren were returned...on a “trial basis.”
           
Last fall, Janice’s story was told in a NPR investigative-series by award-winning journalist Laura Sullivan. If you haven’t listened to the story, it’s a must hear. (http://lakota.cc/HfuqYj)
           
Since 2005, the Lakota People’s Law Project has been working with hundreds of families who share Janice’s story. But they haven’t all been so lucky. Over the past decade, the State Department of Social Services has taken more than 5,000 Native American children from their homes. It’s easy to see why—for every Lakota child in state-sponsored care, South Dakota receives thousands of dollars a year in federal monies.
           
What’s the good news? We can do something about it!
           
The Lakota People’s Law Project is currently compiling court-admissible evidence and preparing a federal civil rights action on behalf of South Dakota’s native families. In April, we helped Janice Howe host a forum to teach parents and relatives about their rights under the Indian Child Welfare Act. More than 150 hundred people attended the meeting.
           
To be successful in this work, we need to build a chorus of support across the country. We hope that you will add your voice to this effort. You can start by sending a letter of support to Janice and other Lakota grandmothers like her. (http://lakota.cc/HlY6OR)
           
You can also share Janice’s story with your friends and help us grow our network of supporters. (http://lakota.cc/H9U6BF)
           
Together, we can help the help the Lakota reclaim their rights and get their children back!
           
As they say in Lakota&mdashilamaya—thank you.
           
Sara Nelson
Executive Director
           
Madonna Thunderhawk
Grandmothers Suta Najin Pe

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Posted: Sunday May 19, 2013, 9:45 am
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Sunday May 19, 2013, 12:36 pm
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