What an incredibly ignorant thing to say. Educate yourself about America’s genocidal history, federal government termination and assimilation policy enforced against Natives, reservations (including stats on sexual violence against Native women by non-Native men (1 in 3), lack of medical care and law enforcement, and high unemployment rates) imposed poverty, broken treaties, intergenerational trauma, and economic racism. Then you’ll have some basis to have an opinion on this subject.
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The South Dakota Department of Social Services has been illegally removing Lakota children from their homes and their tribes, in clear violation of the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) of 1978, without giving substantial evidence or reasoning for many of the seizures (see recent ACLU blog: https://www.aclu.org/blog/racial-justice/why-are-these-indian-children-being-torn-away-their-homes). In addition to this, kinship care (children being placed with family members) is often denied. Because of this blatant denial of children’s rights, these children are being moved away from their families, their culture and their traditions.
In addition to this, with funding coming from pharmaceutical companies and federal subsidies, many of these seized children are being labeled as “special needs” children and are put on cocktails of five or more psychiatric medications which have not been recommended for use in children by the FDA.
This is a continuance of the Indian boarding school system, which was created from 1879 throughout the 20th century in the attempt to break familial bonds and eliminate the Native culture, but it is dressed up differently.
The best solution to this slow cultural genocide that has been occurring for over 130 years is to empower the tribes with their own foster care and family services programs. With your help, we are well on the way to creating a foster care program run by Lakota, for Lakota. Please help us attain this solution by becoming a MEMBER: http://lakota.cc/1kvf8ka.
Oka crisis, never forget
Very clear water.
This fucked me up
Last Real Indian Chase Iron Eyes is moderating a water rights conference tomorrow in Rapid City, SD.
Decolonize the AFN