After 150 years of the forced removal of children from their Lakota families, and daily violations of the Indian Child Welfare Act, all nine South Dakota Tribal Councils agree on the best permanent solution to this crisis: A Lakota-run foster care and family service system. The Lakota People’s Law Project (LPLP) is leading the effort to make this solution a reality, and we need your help.
Right now, because of the State of South Dakota’s culturally biased foster care system, Lakota children are ten times more likely to be forcibly removed from their families and placed in foster care or draconian state run group homes than Caucasian children are.Recently, LPLP has assisted seven Lakota tribes – including Standing Rock, Cheyenne River, Yankton, Oglala and Crow Creek - in submitting Title IV-E Applications for Federal Planning Grants. If approved, these planning grants will be used to develop the expertise, capacity and infrastructure for a Lakota-run foster care system.
For the first time, there is a real opportunity to heal this sacred wound, and transform a system that decimates Lakota families, tribes and traditions.
At this crucial juncture, the Lakota People’s Law Project needs your help, to step up our efforts to lobby, educate and convince federal agencies to fund these mission critical tribal applications, while building capacity to implement Lakota-run social services. Transferring tens of millions of dollars in existing federal money from state-run foster care systems to tribal-run systems will create hundreds of decent paying jobs in the poorest communities in the United States.
Most importantly, it will provide long-overdue justice and tribal sovereignty to families and Lakota tribes that have been oppressed by the Government of South Dakota for generations. Please join us in this important work.
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