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In direct violation of the Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978, the state of South Dakota takes Lakota children from their families and their communities and places them in non-Native foster care homes. South Dakota does this while state-licensed Native foster care homes sit empty. Why?
Follow the Money. Lakota foster care children are indeed “money-makers” for the State of South Dakota, which classifies ALL Lakota children as “Special Needs Children”, thereby authorizing the State of South Dakota to collect up to $79,000 per child, amounting to some $65 million in federal monies per year for the state.
The Lakota People’s Law Project is working with the Lakota tribes in South Dakota to put an end to this injustice. Five tribes have submitted Title IV Federal Planning Grant Applications to implement their own Child and Family Services Programs and have federal money redirected to the tribes rather than through the corrupt state systems.
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