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Free The Lakota Children


US Politics & Gov't  (tags: Lakota children, Lakota Mothers, Law Project Lakota Peoples, stolen children, President Obama )

Sheryl
- 1475 days ago - lakotalaw.org
Urge President Obama to stop state kidnapping by South Dakota! The time has come to empower the Lakota tribes to have their own child and family service programs. This Mothers Day help Lakota Mothers from having their children stolen.



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Christeen A (368)
Saturday May 10, 2014, 7:34 pm
N&S
 

MmAway M (505)
Saturday May 10, 2014, 9:18 pm
Noted Dear "Dande" also signed and did forward since I peeked in this evening....
You always post news that is IMPORTANT and News that makes a difference.
Care2 Is Blessed TO HAVE YOU!!! You should be PAID!!!!!!
 

(0)
Saturday May 10, 2014, 9:29 pm
Signed & shared. Thanks Dandelion
 

Rose Becke (141)
Saturday May 10, 2014, 9:50 pm
So signed
 

Charlene Rush (79)
Saturday May 10, 2014, 9:52 pm
Have we not persecuted the American Indian, enough already?
We took away their land, we made promises we didn't keep and now we are making decisions, concerning their children.

Every time I think there is hope for the future of American morals,, we make another DUMB mistake.
 

Mandi T (376)
Saturday May 10, 2014, 10:11 pm
Thank you for signing this petition.
So touching. x
 

Giana Peranio-paz (398)
Saturday May 10, 2014, 10:17 pm
Noted and signed, thanks Dandelion.
 

fly b (26)
Saturday May 10, 2014, 10:21 pm
This should not be going on. It's very damaging and traumatic. it's discriminatory and abuse of authority.
DSS (so called professionals'/bullies)must be prosecuted in South Dakota. It's wrong, and must stop. Shame!
signed, ty Dandelion
 

fly b (26)
Saturday May 10, 2014, 10:30 pm
The system is dysfunctional, and they dare interfere and harm fragile communities, families and children repeating the ignorance and conceit of the 'past'.
It is still here, not the past for these children and their families.
We must speak out for them against this and do whatever we can to make this visible.
 

SusanAWAY Allen (219)
Saturday May 10, 2014, 10:36 pm
Noted, signed and shared. Very sad situation indeed. The video was heartwrenching. It seems like I saw another video several years ago about the exact same problem and another petition. It really seems that way anyway. I wonder what happened with that; obviously nothing I guess if the problem continues to persist. Very sad :(
 

Ben B (20)
Saturday May 10, 2014, 11:29 pm
It is outrageous that this still happens! The trauma to the children, & indeed to the whole extended family, will never be undone...

Signed with anger and noted with sadness, thank you Dandelion for posting and shining a light on a criminal practice.
 

Sherri G (128)
Saturday May 10, 2014, 11:41 pm
Is there any humanity left that anyone could do this to these children? Signed and noted TY Dandelion
Happy Mother's Day.
 

Shirley S (187)
Sunday May 11, 2014, 12:04 am
N&S
 

ANA MARIJA R (200)
Sunday May 11, 2014, 12:47 am
Done.
Thank you, Dandelion.
 

Inge B (202)
Sunday May 11, 2014, 1:15 am
Apparently it is not only Boko Haram who kidnaps children!

Love
 

Animae C (515)
Sunday May 11, 2014, 1:24 am
i think i've signed this one before, my name wasn't coming up on the list when i tried to sign again.
34,968 signatures
 

Volker B (48)
Sunday May 11, 2014, 2:09 am
Noted and Signed. Thanks Dandelion!
 

Apolonia P (393)
Sunday May 11, 2014, 2:37 am
It's a crime! Signed...
 

Laura T (105)
Sunday May 11, 2014, 2:44 am
n&s, this is not uncommon, look up the truth&reconiliation act in maine, government is INSTRUCTED to seek reasons to remove natives from their homes on sovereign territory & home them into white families.
 

Arild Gone for now (174)
Sunday May 11, 2014, 2:51 am
Definitly signed,thanks Sheryl.
 

Athena F (131)
Sunday May 11, 2014, 4:02 am
done, thanks!
 

john byrne (50)
Sunday May 11, 2014, 4:30 am

Delighted to partake in this cause to end the long campaign perpetrated on the Nations.

Thank You Dandelion for all you do. Mitakuye Oyasin.
 

LaurenBackSoon Kozen (173)
Sunday May 11, 2014, 4:34 am
Noted, Signed & Shared. Thanks Dandelion.
 

Birgit W (160)
Sunday May 11, 2014, 4:35 am
Horrific! How can this still happen? It breaks my heart. Petition signed.
 

Past Member (0)
Sunday May 11, 2014, 5:05 am
Happy mother's day Dandelion :)
Happy mother's day for Lakota?
 

Barbara K (60)
Sunday May 11, 2014, 5:06 am
S & N, this is awful, why are they still stealing children? Shame on them.
 

Ljiljana Milic (115)
Sunday May 11, 2014, 5:26 am
Signed > Thank you for signing this petition.
& Thank you Dandelion
 

john d (152)
Sunday May 11, 2014, 5:41 am
Not only did they take their land, and put them on so called reservations. Not fit to live on. Now they take their children .All for the sake of greed , ie: land ,power ,money. This is supposed to be the land of the free, so they say. When will they be satisfied ?? Is it when they have totally destroyed the native American Indian. USA I am ashamed of you.
 

Sheryl G (363)
Sunday May 11, 2014, 5:46 am
Actually reservations are actually prisoner of war camps. If you look up where these Lakota children live you will see it is listed as POW Camp #344. And Inge B. you are very correct in your statement.
 

Past Member (0)
Sunday May 11, 2014, 5:59 am
Signed and noted, I've signed a few other petitions for this same thing. This must be stopped. Mainstream media is not mentioning this problem and needs to expose this! I think right now would be the perfect time to expose this since there is all the talk about the Nigerian girls who were taken. Wouldn't it be just to have what our government is doing to the Lakota children exposed.....ah yes I think that would open a can of worms, it is time mainstream American knows about this. Are there any reporters out there with enough guts to do this story?
 

. (2)
Sunday May 11, 2014, 6:02 am
arigato
 

Liv B (0)
Sunday May 11, 2014, 6:08 am
Already signed and shared, thanks
 

Jocelyn Koopmann (56)
Sunday May 11, 2014, 6:17 am
Noted, tried to sign but it wouldn't accept the post code. How did you do that Rose? Anyway I have posted it on Face Book. Hugs Dandelion.
 

Emma S (239)
Sunday May 11, 2014, 6:46 am
Already done - thanks, Dandelion.
 

Nancy C (806)
Sunday May 11, 2014, 6:54 am
Signed a couple days ago and shared in fb groups. Thanks my friend and have a lovely Mother's Day!
 

Terry King (113)
Sunday May 11, 2014, 6:56 am
Done and small donation.
 

Gene J (290)
Sunday May 11, 2014, 7:11 am
Absolutely signed, Dandelion. An abominable practice from another time, it has to be ended.
 

Pat B (356)
Sunday May 11, 2014, 7:24 am
Thank you, Signed.! Happy Mother's day!!! xo
 

Angelika R (143)
Sunday May 11, 2014, 7:40 am
Thx Sheryl, previously signed and previously donated.
 

Mitchell D (87)
Sunday May 11, 2014, 7:52 am
34,989
Note: This petition is a project of Lakota People's Law Project and is sponsored by MoveOn Civic Action. By signing, you agree to receive email from Lakota People's Law Project, MoveOn Political Action, and MoveOn Civic Action. (You may unsubscribe at any time.)
Thank you for signing this petition. Please take a moment to help this important campaign by sharing the petition with your friends.
HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY TO ALL! YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE!! (LOL)
 

Arlene C (42)
Sunday May 11, 2014, 8:00 am
Siogné merci dandelion
 

Judith Hand (55)
Sunday May 11, 2014, 8:38 am
Noted, signed, tweeted. The poor Lakota, and it - and too many other things - have been going on far too long!
 

Past Member (0)
Sunday May 11, 2014, 8:50 am
Very sad. S+S-thx Dandelion
 

Kathleen R (192)
Sunday May 11, 2014, 10:06 am
Signed and noted. It is hard to comprehend that 100 to 150 years later the Native American is still treated with such contempt. Inge is so correct. Thanks Dandelion. And a separate prayer for the heartbroken Nigerian Mothers.
 

Past Member (0)
Sunday May 11, 2014, 11:47 am
Signed and Noted
 

Deb E (63)
Sunday May 11, 2014, 12:42 pm
I am so saddened that most all I was taught to believe about my country has been lies. Thank you for sharing this petition, Sheryl. I hope it helps these children and the families who are being torn apart.
 

Jim P (3257)
Sunday May 11, 2014, 1:29 pm
Petition signed.

ty, Dandelion.
.
 

elderberry C (47)
Sunday May 11, 2014, 3:59 pm
Signed again....So disgusting that this is STILL ongoing...few years ago this came to my attention & I signed then....& the usa gov. thinks it has the right to criticize other nations too....pure racism. Those poor families.
Tx 4 post ....Tweeted
 

Robert K (31)
Sunday May 11, 2014, 4:43 pm
Wouldn't you think we've screwed native Americans enough by now?
 

S J (130)
Sunday May 11, 2014, 5:01 pm
I am very sorry for them, hope things will be better. Thank you Dandelion.
 

Edith B (146)
Sunday May 11, 2014, 8:51 pm
Noted, signed, and shared on Facebook
 

aa b (10)
Monday May 12, 2014, 12:45 am
signed and will forward there far to much hate and evil in this world
 

Ellen J (61)
Monday May 12, 2014, 10:43 am
Signed & shared. Thanks, Dandelion.
 

Terrie Williams (798)
Monday May 12, 2014, 1:07 pm
Signed and shared over a week ago in private email, noted.
 

Myka B (56)
Monday May 12, 2014, 9:52 pm
S & N - wow, so sad, haven't we harmed the Am Indians enough!! I'll pray for this situation, thanks Dandelion, and Happy Mothers Day to you. hugs
 

Ann Welton (230)
Tuesday May 13, 2014, 10:13 am
Noted, signed and shared on fb. Thank you Dandelion.
 

Lois Jordan (63)
Tuesday May 13, 2014, 4:52 pm
Thought I already signed this one through MoveOn; but signed again just in case. Noted. Many thanks for posting, Dandelion.
 

Ben O (171)
Wednesday May 14, 2014, 7:10 am
Signed...Finally!
 

Sheryl G (363)
Wednesday May 14, 2014, 8:26 am
Thank you Ben for your diligence in this matter.
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday May 14, 2014, 2:36 pm
S&N.
 

Sharon Wardle (103)
Wednesday May 14, 2014, 8:53 pm
Signed, shared & noted ~ Thanks
 

P A (117)
Saturday May 17, 2014, 2:12 am
This is beyond disgusting - signed, thanks Dandelion!
As Ros G says, Australia did this to The Stolen Generation - but it is happening again right now with Aboriginal children being taken from their families for no reason at all - we must stop all this cruelty wherever it happens in the world!
 

Past Member (0)
Sunday May 18, 2014, 9:57 am
Signed and noted Thank you Dandelion
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday May 21, 2014, 8:32 am
Noted and signed.
 

Julie C (29)
Tuesday May 27, 2014, 12:47 pm
Had no idea this was going on. Signed the petition.
 

Sheryl G (363)
Tuesday May 27, 2014, 1:30 pm
Many things are still being done to the American Indian that many are not aware of. There are so few of them left and the regular news seldom covers anything that is being done to Indians. They are pretty much on their own so we need to do what we can to make more people aware. That is why I placed this on here, but much more goes on, the genocide continues.
 

Natalie Away J (125)
Wednesday May 28, 2014, 9:29 am
I gladly signed, people who do this are so evil. Thank you Sheryl.
 

SuSanne P (193)
Friday May 30, 2014, 7:25 am
Thank you Dandelion. I have read similar stories that you have shared with us so this doesn't come as any surprise. The arrogance and UGLINESS of being called POW Camp #344 is shocking to hear (from your post).
Thank you for signing this petition.
 

Jill P (64)
Friday May 30, 2014, 9:34 pm
Holy crude! That is exactly what is hapening in Georgia...not Native Americans, but children are snatched up and never adopted out.
I am so glad the woman spoke the truth. There is a lot of money to be made by stealing these children and not adopting them out. That is exactly what I found out here in Georgia. We were not allowed to adopt any children even though we went through the laughable "parenting classes", home study, etc... for a year! We passed but were denied children because "no normal child would be happy in the home of a quadriplegic". so here we are 7 years later and still childless.
I did my research and found that SW Georgia has a zero adoption rate. The case managers in charge of seeing to the foster childrens' care and who give the classes admitted they not only don't have kids but they don't like kids. I then found out the more children they have the more money they get which is spent on them, laptops, phones furniture, equipment, etc.. and not the children.
In SW Georgia here I have yet to find a child who is not on ADD medication in or out of foster care. Schools threaten parents that their children will not be allowed to go to school if they are not medicated just because some teacher "diagnosed" them. There is money to be made by medicating children as well. Pharmaceutical companies pay to reward schools and agencies for forcing their drugs on these children.
And WE can't have kids. However grim and hopeless I still search...
 

Sheryl G (363)
Saturday May 31, 2014, 5:52 am
Jill, if it is happening anywhere it happened to the Indians first. They have been the experiment in which to make a playbook upon which others non Indian are now suffering with. These dirty nasty things going on right under the public's nose that they are unaware of happen every day.

We live in a gravely sick society but most people have been indoctrinated to think otherwise so they fail to see the warts here but notice them everywhere else in the world. The situation you mention above sounds like it's a good story for an investigative journalist to sink their teeth into and expose it to the light of the world. That is how things get changed is when despicable deeds are exposed to the light, while working in darkness they'll do it as long as they can get away doing it.

Those poor children being used for some others financial gain, their lives from the get go considered only in a worth for what someone else can make in money off their backs. Good people who would love to give them a loving home denied due to these vultures greed and heartless acts. People spending too much time passing a Guns Everywhere Law in Georgia should be spending more time looking at what is happening to their children in that State.

Too many children on medications is a fact, they want these free spirits to become pigeon holed quickly and if one is more creative or has high exploring energies the system has to knock it out of them. Societies that are in high control of it's population must keep everyone in lock step, one can't have someone "thinking" and being a creative person, that might "change" things, and they can't have change when you are controlling. Again, keep these children subdued, place a label on them, so if they happen to speak out against the treatment inflicted on them while they are being used as a money maker others will just discredit their statements. You can be sure if it is happening to the Lakota children and the children in Georgia it is happening elsewhere across this land.

Thank you for your always good contribution and helping to shed light to other readers who may come across this thread.
 

Jill P (64)
Friday June 6, 2014, 11:33 am
dirt bags make money off our children within state agencies in foster care, while private agencies, most of which are Christian organizations, make $30 to $40 grand on one child putting them up on the auction block and calling it adoption. In my 8 year investigation on adoption in this country children are nothing more than commodities...and eventually slave labor for corporations. A private agency's expenses are not more than $1,000. The mother is not allowed to receive money for the "sale" of her child despite what the agencies will tell you. there is an agency in Seattle working hard for years to stop the selling and auctioning of our children and focus more on finding good loving homes for children. Their adoptions services are free.
Then you have garbage like this. Government employees capitalizing on children and their situations or targeting families they know won't get the attention and sympathy a more well-to-do family would "harvesting" their children for more funding. Who cares if lives are ruined. These case managers get to target anyone they don't agree with on family living or customs or just don't like that group of people. In Georgia they hate people with disabilities. Too often they get to use "their judgement" as to the welfare of the child. Theyl'llchase after parents who won't give their child ADD medication just because a teacher recommended it. I know people here that happened to. They were threatened with losing their children. They had to jump through many hoops to keep their children.
Like I keep saying. America is morally bankrupt. We don't care about the Earth, peoples' rights, their healthcare and we don't even care about the children. What have we got left? Is there anything American's find sacred? Is there any abuse they have a zero tolerance for? Anything?
 

Sheryl G (363)
Friday June 6, 2014, 4:04 pm
It doesn't appear so, but then all one hears from Washington is how "exceptional" the USA is. And people blindly go along even if the dirt is thrust into their face.
 

LucyKaleido ScopeEyes (82)
Thursday July 24, 2014, 5:01 am
Found your post here just over a month late! Actually, it's because of an ACLU notification on FB that I was alerted to the situation.

I watched the video that you posted here, Sheryl, & it is just devastating. You can't help crying along with the parents & grandparents whose rights are just trampled by the judges & Social Services Dept of South Dakota.

Signed the petition & posted to FB.

Equally posted to FB: the 07/23/2014 ACLU article, as additional reason for signing the petition, which includes the hard facts & some hope for future improvement of the situation - Why Are These Indian Children Being Torn Away From Their Homes? :

"Indian children are removed from their homes for no reasons given to the parents at least 100 times a year in Rapid City, South Dakota, alone."


In March 2013, ACLU filed a lawsuit in federal court on behalf of the Oglala Sioux and the Rosebud Sioux tribes in South Dakota and on behalf of a class of all Indian families living in Rapid City, South Dakota, the state's second largest city, suing South Dakota state & local officials for repeatedly violating -ACLU contends- the 1978 Indian Children Welfare Act by forcibly removing Lakota children from their parents & relatives.

It's 07/23/2014, and the case has yet to be ruled on! Isn't that amazing!? Hate resorting to clichés, but REALLY! 'How slowly work the wheels of justice!' And, to repeat another one, "Justice delayed is justice denied."

Apparently the initial filing of the lawsuit back in March, 2013 has not been sufficient to get any effective action (they had to wait until Jan 28, 2014 just for a federal court to rule that the case could go to trial, denying the motion by South Dakota officials to dismiss the case.* !), so the ACLU has "recently filed motions asking the federal court to rule that South Dakota officials engage in a pattern and practice of denying Indian families and Indian tribes their basic rights to fairness under ICWA and the Constitution." These motions are based on "120 TRANSCRIPTS OF INITIAL CUSTODY HEARINGS – known as "48-hour" hearings – held during the past four years involving Indian children. NEARLY 100 PERCENT OF THE TIME, Indian children were removed from their homes in those hearings. The average length of time those hearings took was LESS THAN 4 minutes. Within that time, of the six different judges that oversaw the hearings, NOT ONE JUDGE ever told one Indian parent that they have a RIGHT TO CONTEST the state's petition for temporary custody of their children in the hearing on the petition."

"During those hearings, the parents were NOT TOLD THE REASONS for the removal, not provided with an ATTORNEY, NOT ALLOWED to SUBMIT ANY EVIDENCE, and NOT ALLOWED to cross-examine the Social Services worker who had submitted an affidavit against them. In most cases, the parents were NOT EVEN ALLOWED TO SEE the AFFIDAVIT."
.......................................................................................
(Is this real?? Unbelievably, it is true! I am amazed by such calculated cruelty & shocking disregard of Constitutional rights, masquerading as justice & the law. This is RACISM! This is destroying people's souls! And these judges manage to sleep at night?!!)
 

LucyKaleido ScopeEyes (82)
Thursday July 24, 2014, 5:06 am
ACLU article cont'd:

"And what were the parents in these hearings "guilty" of? Here is a snapshot of some of the cases discussed in the transcripts:

•A mother abused by her boyfriend lost custody of her child even though the abuser was not being allowed to return to the home. Before the judge's decision, the mother pleaded with the judge not to punish her for what the abuser had done.

•A father going through divorce was denied custody of his children solely because his estranged wife got into trouble with the police, even though no evidence was introduced suggesting that the children would be at risk staying with the father.

•A mother lost custody of her daughter merely because the daughter's babysitter had become intoxicated, without any showing that the mother knew that such a thing might occur.

•A father who tried to discuss the merits of his case was interrupted by the judge and told that the details of child custody removals were not to be discussed in 48-hour hearings, and then the judge signed an order removing the child from the father's custody."


"Congress passed the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) in 1978 in an effort to stop American Indian families from having their children removed by state and local officials for invalid and sometimes even racist reasons. Yet 36 years later, Indian children in South Dakota are 11 times more likely to be removed from their families and placed in foster care than non-Indian children."

"The ACLU lawsuit seeks to stop South Dakota state judges & social workers from continuing to remove Indian children from their homes unless the parents are provided with basic guarantees of due process of law and rights afforded in the 1978 ICWA, including: the right to a fair & prompt hearing; the right to notice of the charges against them; the right to an attorney; the right to present evidence; & the right to cross-examine the state's witnesses."

"And next month, the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination will consider a report submitted by the ACLU on U.S. failure to meet its international treaty obligations to end pervasive and institutionalized discrimination, including the lack of due process in American Indian child custody proceedings in South Dakota." (pdf; report extract - 3 pgs, scroll DOWN-- not up)

ACLU 'Blog of Rights,' 07/09/2014 - "U.N. to Confront United States on Persistent Racial Discrimination" ("Imagine the government taking away your two children in a hearing that lasts less than 60 seconds. .../... Imagine receiving a life sentence without the possibility of parole for serving as a go-between in the sale of two small $5 bags of marijuana.")

*By the way, the GUILTY PARTIES IDENTIFIED: "The defendants are State Judge Jeff Davis, Pennington County Prosecutor Mark Vargo, State Director of the Department of Social Services (DSS) Kim Malsam-Rysdon, and Pennington County DSS employee Luann Van Hunnik. In a 43-page ruling issued late yesterday, Chief Judge Jeffrey L. Viken denied motions to dismiss the case . He ruled that if the defendants are engaging in the policies and practices listed in the lawsuit, they are violating the federal rights of Indian children, parents, and tribes."

 

Sheryl G (363)
Thursday July 24, 2014, 5:34 am
Thank you for the additional information that I hope some future reader may view. The cultural genocide goes on. People in the USA are not aware or little aware of what is taking place within their own borders. We don't ever expect the Corporate media to cover this, they are too busy being part of the "system" that strips rights.
 

LucyKaleido ScopeEyes (82)
Thursday July 24, 2014, 6:05 am
I made a mistake -- I've discovered your post here nearly 2 months late!!

This ripping apart of families, forcibly removing children to foster care or even institutions, when they have family members, ready, willing & able to take care of them and DYING to be reunited with them is one of the most COLOSSAL injustices I have come across in some time (& yet there are so many -- just see all the tragic 'might-makes-right' Gaza casualties, destroyed families, dead & maimed children & women, over the last three weeks) I won't be able to stop thinking about this for some time & I intend to keep up with the course of the ACLU lawsuit.

I don't know if you're on FB (can't remember), but Lakota People's Law Project has a facebook page @
https://www.facebook.com/LakotaPeoplesLawProject
 

Sheryl G (363)
Thursday July 24, 2014, 7:16 am
No not on FB, but I keep up on native issues in other ways. There is another case you might also want to learn about, the Yankton Sioux 4. I looked to see if you had noted it but didn't see that you had so I'll add it here. The petition is now closed but the video is still valid that offers information about this case.
The Yankton Sioux 4

Yes, thank you so much for your attention to these people who have suffered for hundreds of years with no end in sight. Few pay these long suffering people much attention even from within the borders of the USA. A people without rights, also living without water, electric, heat many times, hunger, lack of health care, while the unemployment is at 80% or higher.......and any attempts by the Native Americans themselves to become self sufficient are thwarted by our Government with the BIA being used as the "boot" to hold them in these conditions. After all Reservations are POW Camps....and that is another thing few people realize....like those in Gaza they too live in prisons and prevented from having the most basic of Human Rights and dignity afforded them.

When they speak up they are shot, or like Leonard Peltier, put in prison forever as an "example" to the others. This is what happens when you Stand up for Rights.....or Protect yourself. The Genocide continues, quietly a people are being killed off......but they still resist.

To Make A Donation for the Yankton Four

The website for the National Center for Reason and Justice is:
To Make Donation For The Yankton Sioux 4

If one can not access the link for some reason, a donation can be mailed to the address below. Please note on it is for the Yankton Sioux 4.

You may also send a check, made out to the National Center for Reason and Justice or NCRJ to:

The National Center for Reason and Justice
POB 191101
Roxbury MA 02119
 

LucyKaleido ScopeEyes (82)
Friday December 19, 2014, 5:38 am
Update:

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 you, Sheryl, & at least one other C2 member have posted this petition (from different sites), 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.

The petition page refers to the same short film as in your post here: "Hearts On The Ground" - "South Dakota's Forced Taking of Lakota Children," with that heart-wrenching Native American proverb, "A nation is not conquered until the hearts of its women are on the ground."

It's really dismaying that the petition is still active, still needs to be promoted, meaning nothing has changed...


Also- I happened to come across an old post, "The Canary Effect: Kill the Indian Save the Man : VIDEO," which offered the trailer of this documentary. You commented on it, but you're not following it so you won't have seen the comment I just wrote and be able to see the whole film.

I thought you might like to take advantage of being able to watch it in its entirety (1 hr 03 min) @http://www.filmsforaction.org/watch/the_canary_effect_kill_the_indian_save_the_man/

I haven't yet had time to watch it myself because I've only just discovered it & its availability on the Films for Action site, but I'm sure it's an important must-see documentary.

Hugs, Sheryl.
 

Sheryl G (363)
Friday December 19, 2014, 7:30 pm
Thanks. That film I've already seen in full, in fact was going to bring to the members attention this past National Native American Heritage Month last November. However due to my daughters being rushed to the hospital and other events that I shared with all my contact friends via C2 I never managed to do that. Yes, she is fine, and I've a healthy grandson despite his being born premature. But I'm glad you got to watch the Canary Effect, is a good film, this information needs to be out there.

Petitions for human rights are harder to garner signatures than for the animals, be it on here or elsewhere. I'm also aware that there are fewer people who are aware of issues surrounding the Native Americans. They are the least thought of for minorities and their numbers are the lowest for population, therefore fewer of them to get the message out to others or others to help them. One seldom if ever, hears anything on the news about any of them, be it of any of the over 500 Nations that exist. In fact they are so invisible that some people today are not even aware that modern Native Americans exist, thinking they only lived in some bygone era. I know I have had it happen to my own family.
 

Maryann S (112)
Sunday February 21, 2016, 3:58 pm
Thank you for signing our petition! As we say in Lakota—Pilamaya!
 

Henriette Matthijssen (154)
Sunday February 21, 2016, 5:28 pm
I signed, Thanks Dandelion.
 

Darren Woolsey (218)
Saturday February 27, 2016, 5:04 am
Signed and shared the petition
Thanks Dandelion.
 
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