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As clearly documented in the new short web video "Hearts on the Ground," by Sundance award-winning director Kalyanee Mam (just released at, the epidemic of child taking by the State of South Dakota is tearing thousands ...

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Frans Badenhorst (582)
Sunday January 26, 2014, 10:41 pm
...........for Patrica

Now that you have signed, help it grow by asking your friends, family, colleagues to sign.

Leslie Stanick (102)
Sunday January 26, 2014, 11:01 pm
Taking children from their families and communities is a form of cultural genocide. It didn't work in Canada, and it's not working in South Dakota either. Empower these communities to keep their children at home through supportive initiatives.

Animae C (514)
Sunday January 26, 2014, 11:48 pm
Same thing happened to Australia's First Nation children,
they are called The Stolen Generation.

Prev. signed
14,611 signatures

Thank You Frans

Animae C (514)
Sunday January 26, 2014, 11:50 pm
Oops i thought i had already signed but just received this confirmation.

Thank you for signing my petition, Free the Lakota Children.
As of now, the petition has received 14,612 signatures!

Giana Peranio-paz (398)
Monday January 27, 2014, 12:36 am
Noted and signed, thanks Frans.

Helen Porter (39)
Monday January 27, 2014, 12:47 am
How right our ancestors were to distrust the white man.

We tried to be nice to them and see what happened to us.

Bridget Robertson (106)
Monday January 27, 2014, 1:01 am
Noted and signed. I hope this story stays visible.

Gysele van Santen (213)
Monday January 27, 2014, 1:25 am
signed, thank you Frans.

Alan Lambert (91)
Monday January 27, 2014, 2:07 am
Signed and noted

Emma S (239)
Monday January 27, 2014, 2:28 am
Done! Thanks, Frans.

Franshisca Dearmas (89)
Monday January 27, 2014, 5:06 am
Noted and signed. TY Frans

Ben O (173)
Monday January 27, 2014, 5:20 am

MmAway M (503)
Monday January 27, 2014, 5:46 am
S&N -TU Enough is Enough!

Christeen Anderson (376)
Monday January 27, 2014, 6:00 am

Past Member (0)
Monday January 27, 2014, 8:22 am
S+S-thx Frans

Monday January 27, 2014, 8:53 am
Thank you, Frans.

Kathryn Niell (112)
Monday January 27, 2014, 9:34 am
What an outrage! We know this would never be tolerated in the white community; it should not be tolerated in the Lakota community.

Ingrid A (524)
Monday January 27, 2014, 9:42 am

Carole Sarcinello (338)
Monday January 27, 2014, 10:31 am

Good on you for posting this, Frans!

Have signed and will post in groups.


JL A (282)
Monday January 27, 2014, 11:28 am
S&N--thanks for posting Frans!

Kit B (276)
Monday January 27, 2014, 11:32 am

Signed and shared - though I as sure I signed this before. Thanks Frans, and Carole for the forward.

Kit B (276)
Monday January 27, 2014, 11:33 am

***I am sure - typing with only left hand and there will be some mistakes. Sorry.

Angelika R (143)
Monday January 27, 2014, 11:36 am
Adding my thanks and blessings to Frans and Carole, also already signed, I've been a supporter of LPLP.

. (0)
Monday January 27, 2014, 11:39 am
Signed and Noted.

Abo r (107)
Monday January 27, 2014, 11:40 am
Noted , signed .
Thanks for posting Frans and Carole for forwarding.
Freedom for all everywhere as health for all

divergent revolution (309)
Monday January 27, 2014, 11:48 am
for sure,thanks Carole

Kamia T (89)
Monday January 27, 2014, 11:57 am
Noted and Signed. It's amazing to me that no other ethnic group would tolerate being told there was a separate "bureau" to deal with them, or having their lives continually monitored and controlled as the Bureau of Indian Affairs does. It needs to be disbanded, and First Peoples respected equally to any other group.

Pat B (356)
Monday January 27, 2014, 11:57 am
Thank you, Frans, (and dear Carole for FW)...Signed.!

Past Member (0)
Monday January 27, 2014, 12:01 pm
Signed and noted and will be sharing with others. Thank you for posting this Frans ; )

Henriette M (154)
Monday January 27, 2014, 12:25 pm
I signed & added this message along with it: Children belongs with their families! Nothing hurts children more then not being with their families. Have a heart & compassion for other beings. Thanks Frans for posting, Carole for the forward!

Mitchell D (104)
Monday January 27, 2014, 12:42 pm
There were 14,879 signatures, before i added mine. I am totally with Kamia,, get the damned agency retired; hey, might even save some federal money!

Past Member (0)
Monday January 27, 2014, 12:55 pm
Thank You, Frans.

did it.

Madhu Pillai (22)
Monday January 27, 2014, 1:04 pm

Alice C (1797)
Monday January 27, 2014, 1:25 pm

Rose Becke (141)
Monday January 27, 2014, 1:32 pm
Now that you have signed, help it grow by asking your friends, family, colleagues to sign.

Thanks for sharing Just C

michael sullivan (1022)
Monday January 27, 2014, 1:39 pm
we need to protect and respect our lakota children -- let's do it! -- signed/sealed/delivered!

Barb K (1684)
Monday January 27, 2014, 2:35 pm
Sooooooo signed!! TYSM Frans will fwd!!

. (0)
Monday January 27, 2014, 2:43 pm
The only reason a child should be removed from their family is if they are being abused. This is not the case with these children and they belong with their family. Shameful. TY Frans and Henriette for the fwd

Thomas P (280)
Monday January 27, 2014, 2:54 pm
Noted and signed...thanks and thanks Carole for the forward.

Aaron Bouchard (158)
Monday January 27, 2014, 2:59 pm
signed and noted thanks

Helen Porter (39)
Monday January 27, 2014, 3:01 pm
These little ones are likely to become criminals to strike back at the country that took away their parents, their brothers and sisters, their friends. They are not given hugs and the love of their own people.

So is that what the authorities want? To add more criminals to our society? Heartbroken criminals?

Could they be that would distract us, maybe, from the criminals we put into political office.

In this case "maybe" is not the word. We still have the ability to discern.

We still have a voice, though at risk. We raise our voices to defend the children.

Elle B (84)
Monday January 27, 2014, 3:23 pm
Ty Frans and Carole for the fwd ~ signed with heart for the Lakota People and disgust that this shameful saga of violating and dishonoring the treaties to the continuing catastrophic determent of so many 1ST Nations people still goes on to this day ...

"... Had the Indian been as completely subdued in spirit as he was in body he would have perished within the century of his subjection. But it is the unquenchable spirit that has saved him - his clinging to Indian ways, Indian thought, and tradition, that has kept him and is keeping him today. The white man's ways were not his ways and many of the things that he has tried to adopt have proven disastrous and to his utter shame. ..."

"... So if today I had a young mind to direct, to start on the journey of life, and I was faced with the duty of choosing between the natural way of my forefathers and that of the white man's present way of civilization, I would, for its welfare, unhesitatingly set that child's feet in the path of my forefathers. I would raise him to be an Indian!" ―Ota K'Te/Mochunozhin [Chief Luther Standing Bear], (1905-1939) Oglala Lakota

"Just as a man would not cherish living in a body other than his own, so do nations not like to live under other nations, ..." ―Mohandas K. Gandhi

cynthia l (207)
Monday January 27, 2014, 3:47 pm
signed #14982 Thx Frans this is so important in stopping this shameful cultural genocide. This makes me snort fire, when will this insanity end?

Ljiljana Milic (116)
Monday January 27, 2014, 4:13 pm
Now that you have signed, help it grow
& Thank you Frans

James W (257)
Monday January 27, 2014, 4:41 pm
Signed & Noted Thanks for the forward Just C.

Karen Gee (97)
Monday January 27, 2014, 4:51 pm
S&N TY Cynthia for the forward

Angela J (61)
Monday January 27, 2014, 5:03 pm
Thank you.

Edwin M (346)
Monday January 27, 2014, 5:21 pm
Signed thanks you Frans and thank you Carole for the forward.

Elisa F (235)
Monday January 27, 2014, 5:24 pm
N&S. Thanks, Frans. Thanks to Cynthia for fwd.

elderberry C (47)
Monday January 27, 2014, 5:27 pm
S & Tweeted Tx Frans & Henriette 4 the forward.

Caitlin M (104)
Monday January 27, 2014, 5:57 pm
Signed. Thanks Frans and *C* for forwarding. It's a shame that respect for the Lakota culture is lacking in such a serious situation. We create a situation where native peoples are living in poverty and then reject their homes as suitable for fostering their children. Terrific, America! (and I'm American, by the way.)

Ondine J (134)
Monday January 27, 2014, 6:02 pm
Noted and signed, thanks Frans

Evelyn Z (300)
Monday January 27, 2014, 6:09 pm
Thanks Frans & Carole for fwd. I signed yesterday on MoveOn site.

Joy M (168)
Monday January 27, 2014, 7:24 pm
Thank you, noted..

Sheryl G (363)
Monday January 27, 2014, 7:29 pm
Now that you have signed, help it grow by asking your friends, family, colleagues to sign.

Please also sign the Petitions below that relate to this Petition
Petition to the BIA from the Lakota People Project

The Lakota Child Rescue

Another Case that relates to children being removed forcefully from their families and their loved one sent to prison to rot. Please also consider adding your signature to this petition too.
We Must Not Be Silent Free the Yankton Sioux 4

Thank you for your post.

Jae A (316)
Monday January 27, 2014, 8:12 pm
S&N ~ Shameful/outrageous as it is sad for the children and their families...just heartbreaking in my opinion.

Mandi T (394)
Monday January 27, 2014, 9:56 pm

Michael C (218)
Monday January 27, 2014, 10:28 pm
Noted and signed...My heart breaks, over what our Government has done to these people over the years!!

benson gitonga (100)
Monday January 27, 2014, 11:01 pm

Inge B (201)
Tuesday January 28, 2014, 12:23 am


Joy W (103)
Tuesday January 28, 2014, 1:38 am
Noted and signed. thank you Henriette for the forward.

AWAY AWHILE Cal Mendelsohn (1067)
Tuesday January 28, 2014, 3:10 am
Signed, shared and noted--thanks Frans

Arild G (174)
Tuesday January 28, 2014, 4:08 am
Signed,TY Frans

Lona G (84)
Tuesday January 28, 2014, 4:39 am
S&N with urgancy. Thanks Frans, and Cynthia for the forward.

kate K (481)
Tuesday January 28, 2014, 4:46 am
noted and signed thank you Frans

Kerstin Strobl (371)
Tuesday January 28, 2014, 4:58 am

Chad A (187)
Tuesday January 28, 2014, 5:14 am
Thank you for sharing

John Holton (343)
Tuesday January 28, 2014, 5:48 am
S and N

Rhonda B (106)
Tuesday January 28, 2014, 5:52 am
signed! Thank you.

jeanne schreurs (205)
Tuesday January 28, 2014, 6:18 am
sooooo signed!

Thanks Frans

Rebecca F (34)
Tuesday January 28, 2014, 8:08 am
I think I signed this already but it allowed me to sign again now. Thnx..

Terrie Williams (798)
Tuesday January 28, 2014, 9:50 am
Thanks! S/S/N

Gary L (138)
Tuesday January 28, 2014, 11:03 am
thanks signed and noted

fly bird (26)
Tuesday January 28, 2014, 11:14 am
signed for the children and their families. ty

Debbie G (306)
Tuesday January 28, 2014, 11:28 am
Signed. Thanks Frans.

Athena F (131)
Tuesday January 28, 2014, 1:56 pm
done thanks

MarietteAWAY G (175)
Tuesday January 28, 2014, 2:34 pm
Signed, thanks Frans and Carole!

Yvonne White (229)
Tuesday January 28, 2014, 3:57 pm
Signed & shared to FaceBook!

Vivien Green (153)
Wednesday January 29, 2014, 2:12 am
S&S Thank you Frans and Carole for the "heads Up"

Daniel Partlow (179)
Wednesday January 29, 2014, 7:00 am

Patricia Gal (103)
Wednesday January 29, 2014, 10:18 am
Yes I signed and forwarded to my friends. Thanks to Frans for his submitting it to C2NN.

Elizabeth Fuller (134)
Wednesday January 29, 2014, 1:56 pm
Signed and shared on twitter, thanks Frans for the post and Carole for the forward :)

RosemaryRannes HusbandNeedsPrayers (650)
Thursday January 30, 2014, 12:24 am
Definitely signed & posted to Twitter. Thanks My Seestah 'C' and Frans.
Prayers are rising for the children and families traumatized as a result of this forced separation. Lakota communities must have and are entitled to their own child and social services.

Abdessalam Diab (145)
Thursday January 30, 2014, 5:08 am
Noted and signed. Thanks Frans for the post. Thanks Carole for the forward.

Judy T (227)
Thursday January 30, 2014, 6:02 am
Signed. Thank you so much for this, Frans!

Jeanne Young (19)
Thursday January 30, 2014, 9:16 pm
Didn't see this until today - Signed, and shared. Bless you, frans for helping us to be able to sign
sometimes "my"country shames me - - -

Nancy C (806)
Monday February 10, 2014, 7:41 am
Thanx C and Frans...already s, sh again on fb...

Süheyla C (234)
Saturday April 12, 2014, 5:56 pm

Karen Tucker (33)
Wednesday September 24, 2014, 5:57 pm
Gladly signed -- albeit a little late -- as I work so much, I don't have a lot of extra time anymore for much of anything else and am going through my Care2 emails from the past several months. I am part Native American -- Muscogee Creek and Cherokee -- and white and I LOVE the Native American peoples!! Slavery ended a long time ago -- Native Americans are the First Peoples of the United States and should be treated with respect and reverence! I would sign this petition a thousand times if I could!

LucyKaleido ScopeEyes (82)
Friday December 19, 2014, 5:05 am

Just two days ago, I received an e-mail from the 'Lakota People's Law Project,' asking, "Please find it in your heart to support our cause to bring the Lakota children back to their communities by purchasing our holiday gift pack."

They also request we sign their petition Free the Lakota Children, to be delivered to President Barack Obama. Although this petition was posted to C2NN several times by different C2 members, the fact that the Lakota People's Law Project includes the link to it in their Dec 17, 2014 message clearly means that more signatures are needed.

More has to be done to promote it!

The background information provided on the petition page refers to the short film, "Hearts On The Ground" - "South Dakota's Forced Taking of Lakota Children": Bring Lakota Children Home (posted almost exactly a year ago on YouTube), which opens with this heartbreaking Native American proverb, "A nation is not conquered until the hearts of its women are on the ground."

The era of residential Indian schools may be over, but Native American families are still being torn apart, children are still being forcibly, LEGALLY & illegitimately separated from their parents & families: now they are put into foster homes!

"Every day, Lakota grandmothers are illegally denied their right to foster their own grandchildren. The South Dakota Dept. of Social Services rejects grandmothers for such trivial reasons as too few rooms in a home, too small of a home, too old, decades old crimes, and even rumors.

South Dakota continues to violate the federal law by placing 90% of the 750 Lakota foster children it seizes each year into non-Native homes and facilities, instead of with relatives or tribal homes. Both federal law and the United Nations define this behavior as genocide. Only tribal programs are placing foster children with their relatives."

The tragedy continues!

We must raise our voices to put an end to it!

Darren Woolsey (218)
Thursday January 7, 2016, 11:40 am
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