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The Lakota Child Rescue Project and Petition

Health & Wellness  (tags: Lakota Child Rescue Project, South Dakota, Native American children, federal monetary incentives, human rights abuse, violation, Indian Child Welfare Act )

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One of the greatest threats to the survival of Lakota culture is the unlawful removal of Native American children from their families by South Dakota state authorities. Spurred by federal monetary incentives, has reached epidemic proportions.

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Sheryl G (363)
Sunday October 7, 2012, 4:54 pm
Please watch the urgency of this video, then consider signing petition below. Thank You. Pilamaye.
Lakota Petition to the Bureau of Indian Affairs

Michael M (60)
Sunday October 7, 2012, 5:14 pm
This is a good and powerfully important issue on a beautiful autumn day!
The law is that states cannot remove indigenous children from their homes to non-native fostering. South Dakota is only one of 32 states ignoring this law.

Please watch the video - what's going on is pure corruption for $. Lakota People's Law Project has what you need to know. Look 'em up online.

Lakota society/family is matrilineal, and traditionally, kids care is done by the extended family. One good reason this works is so a boy child will not become the"little husband" of the mother- in sharing the care, the families were made closer rather than farther apart. There is more to know, but the major culture of North America now has fragmented families from each other, and so much capacity for learning what is deeply intrinsic to life is lost. The Lakota have a better way, much shared in other tribes as well.

My own grandmother was the only voice of peace when I broke with my adult relatives who sought to support the false and foreign religions introduced into the Lakota which have caused loss of respect and connection with all the relatives of Earth.

Unless we all support this better way of being, both the Lakota Nation and all of North America and the world will lose more greatly than can be imagined.

Yet, in the world we are seeing signs of openness to this better way, along with signs which help in recognizing the necessity for it.

Past Member (0)
Sunday October 7, 2012, 5:17 pm
Your name has been added to the petition! Pilamaya—Thank You!
thanks Dandelion

Barbara K (60)
Sunday October 7, 2012, 5:40 pm
S & N, thanks, my friend.

Past Member (0)
Sunday October 7, 2012, 5:54 pm
Thanks my friend...I already signed

Eternal Gardener (745)
Sunday October 7, 2012, 6:00 pm
Signed immediately!

JL A (281)
Sunday October 7, 2012, 6:01 pm
S&N--a kind of cultural genocide in addition to flagrant disregard for the law.

Julian Robert Gonzalez (112)
Sunday October 7, 2012, 6:05 pm
Continuation of American autrocities agaist Native Americans. They have been the most abused people in America.
Of course I will sin and note

Julian Robert Gonzalez (112)
Sunday October 7, 2012, 6:13 pm
Oops meant signed.

Gysele van Santen (213)
Sunday October 7, 2012, 6:20 pm
signed, thnx.

Mary T (178)
Sunday October 7, 2012, 6:26 pm
So Gladly signed Dandelion and shared.

Kit B (276)
Sunday October 7, 2012, 6:29 pm

Your name has been added to the petition! Pilamaya—Thank You! Of course, I signed.

Naoko i (264)
Sunday October 7, 2012, 6:42 pm
Signed the petition.

Christeen A (368)
Sunday October 7, 2012, 7:17 pm
Watched,noted and signed. Thank you.

Vicky P (476)
Sunday October 7, 2012, 7:21 pm
noted and signed of course

Nancy C (806)
Sunday October 7, 2012, 7:24 pm
Pilamaya Sheryl. Took 27 years to decide to acknowledge that 32 states had not followed The Indian Child Welfare Act. Wonder why...???$$$ And why did this kidnapping happen prior to that...power? Sometimes I wish I had less "American" blood and much more American Indian blood. Criminals using children for greed. What could be worse...The injustices to the American Indians sums it up.

Sheryl G (363)
Sunday October 7, 2012, 7:35 pm
Well said Nancy, and don't worry about blood quantum, that is a Federal thing, it's all about the Heart and you have more native heart than the other way around.

Past Member (0)
Sunday October 7, 2012, 9:29 pm

Susanne R (234)
Sunday October 7, 2012, 10:03 pm
According to Lakota Law, "Every year in South Dakota the state takes nearly 700 Native American children. 95% of them are placed in non-Native foster and state-run care—in direct violation of the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA). Why? Each year the state receives almost $100 million in federal money for foster care services."

Grandmothers have to support one another --especially when it comes to their families. Signed in solidarity with the Lakota grandmothers of South Dakota!

Rose Becke (141)
Sunday October 7, 2012, 10:18 pm
Signed with pleasure

Giana Peranio-paz (398)
Sunday October 7, 2012, 10:20 pm
The only way to structure a strong culture and deep roots is to keep the family together and not become assimilated in the surrounding cultures. The Native American was and is being robbed of this option, and we are fearful that this beautiful culture, so versatile and close to nature will slowly disappear. I signed and hope that it will help. No culture was so close to and understood so much of nature and how man can leave beside it and in it in peace.

Giana Peranio-paz (398)
Sunday October 7, 2012, 10:39 pm
I meant "live", of course in the last line...

Sunday October 7, 2012, 11:05 pm
Your name has been added to the petition!
Gladly done... with hope

LaurenBackSoon Kozen (173)
Monday October 8, 2012, 12:07 am
Noted & Signed.

christina t (22)
Monday October 8, 2012, 1:54 am
Yes, I could sigh, it accepted my zip code even though I am in Portugal. Thanks for sharing this is terrible. If this money exists why can it not be used to help the families?

Elaya Raja (39)
Monday October 8, 2012, 2:31 am
Thank you.

. (0)
Monday October 8, 2012, 2:33 am
very happy to give a little help
Your name has been added to the petition! Pilamaya—Thank You!
ty so much Dandelion

Past Member (0)
Monday October 8, 2012, 2:39 am
Shared on facebook and signed - thanks Dandelion x

Rose Becke (141)
Monday October 8, 2012, 2:44 am
I just noted too

Arild Gone for now (174)
Monday October 8, 2012, 2:57 am
Petition signed,I just wonder how they can keep on breaking a federal law?
Thanks for posting this important story Sheryl.

Joe R (190)
Monday October 8, 2012, 3:04 am
Signed and noted. Pilamaya.

Ben O (171)
Monday October 8, 2012, 3:39 am
Petition signed!

Frans Badenhorst (582)
Monday October 8, 2012, 4:17 am
culture... one thing we humans should preserve and defend and handle with care and value..... if you don't do it, who will????

Elizabeth O (94)
Monday October 8, 2012, 5:05 am

Daniel Partlow (179)
Monday October 8, 2012, 6:03 am
Noted and signed the petition listed on Dandelion's comment.

john byrne (50)
Monday October 8, 2012, 6:49 am

Gladly signed & noted

Alice C (1797)
Monday October 8, 2012, 7:22 am
Thank you Dandelion ~ signed ~ Have a wonderful week !

john byrne (50)
Monday October 8, 2012, 7:31 am

This has to be one of the most gut wrenching abuses of citizens rights that ive come across for a long time . this is systematic malicous abuse and is bordering on ethnic cleansing .America is unjust & unlawful in allowing this practice to removing the children from their family unit the social services are guilty on two fronts 1 the break down of the family unit which will have a greater price at a future time.2 both child & parents are not allowed to sustain their culture which i fear is the ultimate evil goal .Washington was never slow on turning its back on Indian rights throughout its history.having fought in south east asia & other continents for the rights of its citizens it certainly makes a mockery of good intentions when the federal goverment CHOOSES TO TURN THE OTHER CHEEK on its own indigenous people.however the great tribes came togeather in times past to overcome. it should not go un noticed by washington of the support gathering within its boundries & outside. the American Indian came to the aid of us Irish in our time of need we will reply in the same fashion.


Kamila A (141)
Monday October 8, 2012, 8:11 am
Thank you Dandelion, signed!

wendy webber (28)
Monday October 8, 2012, 8:23 am
Noted and signed!!! I was not aware that this garbage was still going on. When, when, when...?????? Thanks Dandelion

Brad C. (0)
Monday October 8, 2012, 8:25 am
Not at all surprised to see so many continue to turn a blind eye to the kids who have been hurt and KILLED by ICWA. Keep your heads planted firmly in the sand.

Past Member (0)
Monday October 8, 2012, 8:32 am
The painful legacy of the kidnapping of the People's children to be shipped off to Indian schools will not soon be forgotten. The mistakes of the past should not be compounded with new mistakes. Dandelion, I hope you know that it is not my intent to communicate disrespect, only concern. The reservation system throughout the American West, especially in the Dakotas, is a harsh realty that few non-natives have seen. I have. The level of hardship and poverty that our government deliberately keeps the People in should outrage every American. If all of us knew just how bad conditions were for the first nations, then we would throw out our system of government and build a newer, better government that actually sought to help these people to the extent that they need it...and then get out of their way. But no, our government illegally annexes or leases tribal land out from under the people and then rends the earth violently to seek uranium and other poisonous, useless things. They contaminate the water, poison the earth, and it is the human beings who have to suffer. Compounding this seemingly endless cycle of horror, winter comes. Famine will break out on the rez yet again.

I know the system is wrong. Many of the children don't need to be moved; their families just need help. Others could live with their nanas or their aunties. I also know that there are many native peoples who have made it; we would say they are middle class. They are more than qualified to raise these children when the children's parents due to addiction, mourning sickness, poverty, or other reasons are not able to care for their children. The idea that 90% of these children are stolen from their blood relations to be placed in homes with strangers whose culture is alien, even hostile to that of the children, is obscene.

While I suspect that, if the foster program were more than what it is(ETHNIC CLEANSING),90% of the children could either stay in their homes with assistance or live with their blood relations, life is really, really hard on the rez. Americans just don't understand the sheer brutality of survival in which their fellow Americans are being forced to endure. Given that, I would gently offer that maybe 10%, maybe less, of the children...if the parents' circumstances are too severe and if relatives or native peoples with adequate means are not available to meet the child's needs in that each unique case...might best be served by, at least, temporary foster care in non-native homes. However, these homes should be carefully screened for any trace of racism or evidence of cultural bias. No children should be sent away from their people, but if and when the extreme need arises, they should be placed in homes where the people affirm the child's heritage and are committed to doing their best to keep the child in contact with their people and their culture.

By the way, I appreciate the sing in the video. I have heard the singers at pow-wows and in movies, and the sing is a blessing way. It is is a blessing because it gives the people the one thing that our government most wants to steal from us all: Pride. Many people from many cultures, not just native, have been broken by our anti-human way of death(it certainly isn't a way of life). But when the heart is awakened by a good sing, then the people know pride. Even the broken know pride. And, when we feel the pride rise up in us as a people, then we know what is right and we stand up and resist evil.

They have stolen my tongue from me, I only have the translations that machines can give. This enemy tongue that is not mine, then I shall use it against them.

Mai y pobl yn gwybod heddwch.
May the people know peace.

Mai y pobl yn gwybod heddwch.
May the people know peace.

Mai y pobl yn gwybod heddwch.
May the people know peace.

TomCat S (129)
Monday October 8, 2012, 9:00 am
Signed with pleasure.

Past Member (0)
Monday October 8, 2012, 9:12 am
already signed, TU

Laurie H (817)
Monday October 8, 2012, 11:00 am
So Upsetting----Gladly signed with a heavy heart--- humanity has so much yet to learn.Thanks Dandelion~~~

Victoria P (113)
Monday October 8, 2012, 12:12 pm

Liliana D (125)
Monday October 8, 2012, 12:46 pm
Your name has been added to the petition! Pilamaya—Thank You!
That is a crime against humanity and has to stop.

Sheryl G (363)
Monday October 8, 2012, 12:58 pm
I thank everyone who signed and/or commented and I'd like to make particular mention to a few who posted on here.

John Byrne, I could feel your heart coming through, and that is a wonderful thing. That you hit the nail on the head, being from Ireland is absolutely correct, your words "both child & parents are not allowed to sustain their culture which i fear is the ultimate evil goal". This is the cultural genocide, which Giana also touched upon, that this Country has NOT stopped.

Brian, there is no disrespect shown on the thread, the only disrespect is from the fact that the Government and the Governmental Agencies are doing and this story reflects. But we must remember people, as Brad C. has pointed out, "the government" and those "agencies" are made up of the "people" of this Country, meaning that when we all remain silent, when we fail to speak up or learn what is going on with each other, ie keeping our head buried in the sand, we in our silence are giving our approval, because we are allowing it to continue. So I thank you Brian for the additional information you placed upon this thread.

I know many like to look at the American Indian and gain from their knowledge, or have some rose colored vision of them, but to be Indian and live on the Rez is hard. The reality is suffering for many, some reservations are harder to survive on than others.

This all could be changed if the Federal Government wanted it to, but you see, that isn't what is wanted, the goal hasn't really changed over time. The taking of whatever is there, offering little to nothing for what is taken, and if that leaves the people in the area suffering, oh well, so be it. That if the Indian people are no longer existing, by either cultural or physical genocide then that also solves another problem, "the Indian problem."

Be careful everyone, for what was learned so well to be done on the American Indian has moved along, even Hitler was impressed and incorporated it into his method of getting rid of people. Now the Corporations that had left the lands that the Indians lived upon toxic and water poisoned, is doing the same in many others backyards by drilling, fracking, mountaintop removal. What is in your food? Your vaccines? Your water? Do you think that this Preditory mindset that went after the American Indian will or has stopped with them?

By learning what is going on in your own backyard, you learn empathy, compassion, and you also learn Truth. The rose colored glasses need to be removed or we are all up the creek without a paddle as they say.


Debra Van Way (12)
Monday October 8, 2012, 1:43 pm
You know-crap like this makes me ashamed to be white. I had the pleasure of meeting many fine Lakota people during pow wows in San Diego. All Native American people have been continually abused by whites from the day whites stepped on shore. Instead of offering friendship, they would have been better off slaughtering every white to invade this land. The land would still be pristine and cared for, no animals would have been caused to become extinct because Native Americans were one with all of nature and understood it. Too bad the clock can't be turned back. Gladly signed and noted.

Angelika R (143)
Monday October 8, 2012, 2:06 pm
for all that have not signed the petition to president Obama "Make history-honor the treaties", please do so. Not sure if this link will work for you, if you get my personal site or infos, try to have it changed or look for the petition on

David Menard (43)
Monday October 8, 2012, 2:33 pm
What else can it be called to take children from their families for $$$$$$$$$$$$$$ besides slavery ?Noted and signed!

AWAY AWHILE Cal Mendelsohn (1067)
Monday October 8, 2012, 3:09 pm
ThanksDandelion--singed petition too-hat else can we do here--really intolerable.

Past Member (0)
Monday October 8, 2012, 3:23 pm
Thanks Dandelion, signed amid tears. Brian M., beautiful post, would send you another green star if I could.

Sheryl G (363)
Monday October 8, 2012, 3:36 pm
Cal besides what was suggested on the video, people could write to the Governor and make a complaint onto this. Informing him that this shouldn't be going on in his own State and for full investigation into the matter.

Contact Governor Daugaard/Lieutenant Governor Michels
Mailing Address
Office of the Governor
500 E Capitol Ave
Pierre, SD 57501

Phone Number

To email go to this hotlink:
Email Governor of South Dakota


Sheryl G (363)
Monday October 8, 2012, 4:03 pm
It worked Angelika. Here is the hotlink to the petition she mentions above:
Honor the Treaties

Pamylle G (461)
Monday October 8, 2012, 4:04 pm
Signed & widely cross-posted !

Lois Jordan (63)
Monday October 8, 2012, 5:25 pm
Watched, signed & noted. Thank you for posting, Dandelion.

patrica and edw jones (190)
Monday October 8, 2012, 6:39 pm
Signed Dandelion.............broken promises, broken hearts - the callousness of authorities is never ending. When will the Lakota's be allowed to live their lives peacefully and spiritually - as is their right?

Sandra M Z (114)
Monday October 8, 2012, 10:07 pm
Very glad to sign this petition!

South Dakota people are family oriented, they need to open their hearts to Native Americans. How would they feel if this was happening to them, not very good. The 21st Century is about inclusion of All People, Worldwide! One Love!

There is lots of open land, they could start manufacturing wind and solar energy to sell to populated area that need it, for one idea on how to keep the state going.

Signed and noted, Thank you Dandelion

Judy C (97)
Monday October 8, 2012, 10:39 pm
In the early days of the boarding schools there was a hideous slogan that said "Kill the Indian, save the man". In other words, get rid of all traces of the Natives' culture and world view. Then the European ways would make the Indian a full human being. You can't get much more hateful and treacherous than that.

Like Nancy, I have Indian blood, but don't know blood quantum. I hesitate to talk about it, because those who are full-bloods, or who are enrolled, etc. could be offended, and I only want to convey respect.

Thanks for this video, Dandelion, and I signed the petition. Thanks to the others for some good comments and links.

Emma S (239)
Tuesday October 9, 2012, 2:56 am
Noted, signed and signed up for action alerts. Thank you, Dandelion.

Deborah W (6)
Tuesday October 9, 2012, 7:41 am
I am ashamed beyond belief after this view. Will be social networking to all I have contact with so that they, in turn, can forward to their friends.

Open-hearted, trusting and sharing now squelched except as profit requires ... unaddressed to the extreme by this current government representation. Time for change and hopefully a humanistic look at what is.

(Understand that to vote has now also been road-blocked through closing of on-reservation polling places, etc.)

Not forgotten by those who now know ... stay the course. The family of man can and will uphold your rights as an equal partner.

Jenny Dooley (830)
Tuesday October 9, 2012, 8:08 am
Noted, signed and promoting!

Patricia Cannell (825)
Tuesday October 9, 2012, 8:38 am
Noted & Signed.

Sheryl G (363)
Tuesday October 9, 2012, 9:14 am
Thank you Deborah, nicely said, and most certainly from the heart. As long as we each do what we can, awareness is the first step. My appreciation to all that also take the next step like Thubten and Pamylle to promote far and wide.

Wim Zunnebeld (144)
Tuesday October 9, 2012, 2:46 pm

Wim Zunnebeld (144)
Tuesday October 9, 2012, 2:46 pm

Richard Zane Smith (81)
Tuesday October 9, 2012, 3:15 pm
cockroaches flee when the lights are turned on. This stuff has been happening in the darkness "under the cover of the red-white-and blue flag" for so long we almost expect racism of this kind. no surprise at all.
All our efforts to revive culture and our songs and dances continue ON though. The gov. is best if it simply stays out of our way and lets us take care of our own families. good to hear so many non-natives speaking out !
ndae' yawahstih! (thats good!)

SuSanne P (193)
Tuesday October 9, 2012, 3:39 pm
I sure am glad I revisited this site, as my post is nowhere to be found. I don't know if my signature took or not, but this time it did.
Thank You! Your name has been added to the petition! Pilamaya—Thank You!
I have no words to speak, as they have already been expressed.
Thank you Dandelion

SuSanne P (193)
Tuesday October 9, 2012, 3:50 pm
I sure am glad I revisited this site, as my post is nowhere to be found. I don't know if my signature took or not, but this time it did.
Thank You! Your name has been added to the petition! Pilamaya—Thank You!
I have no words to speak, as they have already been expressed.
Thank you Dandelion

Rhonda Maness (580)
Tuesday October 9, 2012, 3:57 pm
Thanks Dandelion

Janet R (38)
Tuesday October 9, 2012, 6:51 pm
Gladly signed, I had no idea this was happening. It is terrible. Hopefully, by shedding light on it, it will end.

Lori Mabry (18)
Tuesday October 9, 2012, 8:10 pm
Heartbreaking and tragic.I taught for a year in Timberlake SD I am ashamed I was not aware.My heart is heavy both as a native american but also as an unknowing and somewhat ignorant white person.My eyes are opened..I will pass on the information so more are aware.Thank you so much Dandelion.

Phillipa W (199)
Wednesday October 10, 2012, 2:42 am
absolutely signed. There seems to be no end to cruelty from our authorities when they treat small children in this way. This sort of thing absolutely cannot continue.

Sheryl G (363)
Wednesday October 10, 2012, 6:05 am
Thank you everyone, and if you have time please don't forget to contact the Govenor on this. Let him know that this blemish is within his State, let him know the eyes of the world is upon him. After all he is reponsible for his State and he should protect the children, not allow them to be used for money making. Is why I do this Lori on C2, is to bring the light to situations, to expose them for what they are doing, and I depend upon others to forward this along making more aware, in hopes they too will add pressure to make this stop.

. (0)
Wednesday October 10, 2012, 11:01 am
proudly signed..thanks Dandelion

Abdessalam Diab (145)
Sunday October 14, 2012, 8:34 am
Honored to sign this petition and note the post. Thank you Cheryl for this great post.

Ghetonda Mosley-shertzer (0)
Friday October 19, 2012, 9:10 am
proud to be native & sign this petition

Past Member (0)
Tuesday October 23, 2012, 11:38 am
Already commented once and noted. This video hurts the heart.

Evelyn W (15)
Tuesday October 23, 2012, 4:11 pm
I just came across this post.It is now 15 days old.I watched the video and signed.I also read all of the other info on the site.I do not understand why this is not known about.At least here at Care2,there should be more action being taken.This has been going on for 30 years,and you posted this 15 days ago... I still don't get it.Care2 should have mobilized by now.I am a rabid animal advocate,but these are CHILDREN !!! If these babies being taken from their mothers had 4 legs,then there would be 50 petitions to sign.Lets get our priorities straight. If you are not part of the solution,then you are part of the problem.The people of this world have turned a blind eye to the atrocities.It is not any better now then it was 100 years ago.Just now they are confined to a reservation where polite society doesn't have to see or deal....Threaten to close the casinos, that would make people/government pay attention.

Sheryl G (363)
Tuesday October 23, 2012, 6:48 pm
Evelyn, I so appreciate your passion. This has been one of the sad facts on C2 that I've noticed, that when it is for the animals people seem to gather behind it and push the petitions and the information. Yes, these are children, I do not understand why the same passion can not be for the children as is the animals. I continue to stay on C2 for the human rights issues as their cries need to be heard too. If I can make aware even 10 more people well that is 10 more than 0, but it is very heartbreaking that a news issue like this can't have hundreds of viewers and even a lot more signatures being sent out on all social networks.

Judy C (97)
Wednesday October 24, 2012, 4:09 am
It is definitely disappointing when petitions/articles about children don't get enough attention. I don't understand it. It seems like top priority to me, too, Dandelion.

Animae C (516)
Sunday November 25, 2012, 3:17 pm

Your name has been added to the petition! Pilamaya—Thank You!


Kit Davey (1)
Tuesday January 29, 2013, 4:44 pm
Gladly signing as my grand children are Lakota and more than anything I want them to know and live their Lakota heritage.
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