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Lakota Child Rescue Project

> ________________________________
> From:
> Subject: Fw: Lakota Child Rescue Project
> Date: Fri, 18 Jul 2008 10:02:43 -0600
> hi, please forward to your networks, take care, anne
> Mitakuyapi, Relatives,
> Cante waste nape ciyuzapi. Traditional greetings to you
> with a warm handshake and a good heart.  Please take time
> to learn about our work here at the Lakota People’s Law
> Project.  We are spearheading our flagship program, the
> Lakota Child Rescue Project and hope you can help us
> promote our work by forwarding this email to your friends,
> relatives and networks.
> Lakota Child Rescue Project
> The Lakota Child Rescue Project (LCRP) is pursuing legal
> action against the South Dakota Department of Social
> Services (SD DSS) for its long-standing violations of the
> Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA)..
> We want to compel the State to change their policies
> towards Native families.
> Did you know Native American children in South Dakota are:
>     * 13% of the state population?
>     * 60% of the children in foster care in 2007?
>     * 16 times more likely to be placed in out-of-home care
> than their non-native peers (between 2003-2005)?
> SD DSS is not in compliance with ICWA!
> It’s been 30 years since ICWA was passed and systemic
> non-compliance is a reason for an increase in SD DSS
> cases.  This, coupled with depleted Tribal finances needed
> to manage these cases has led to an extension of
> colonization, assimilation and genocide of the Lakota
> people.
> LCRP promotes a holisitic approach to systemic change.
> Not only do we work on investigation and research for
> potential litigation, we also work to provide community
> outreach, organizing and education aimed at shifting the
> social consciousness needed to achieve systemic change.
> LCRP has started to bring State and Tribal entitites
> together in our effort to facilitate the development of
> culturally-based child protective services on Tribal lands.
> LCRP Investigates SD DSS
> LCRP is focusing our initial investigation on Oglala Lakota
> tribal members and children who’s ICWA rights may have
> been violated by SD DSS.
> If your ICWA rights violations occurred outside the Oglala
> reservation we want to hear from you!
> The LCRP is hosting weekly community meetings to discuss:
>     * Onging practicfes of the SD DSS Child Protection
> Services
>     * Their treatment of Native American families
>     * Violation of the Indian Child Welfare Act
> Meetings will be held
> Tuesday evenings from 6-8pm at the Lakota People’s Law
> Project office, 117 Knollwood Drive, Rapid City, SD (next
> to Oglala Lakota College)
> Please forward the attached flyers and contact us for more
> information.
> Pilamiyaye, Thank you,
> Lakota Child Rescue Project
> 117 Knollwood Dr.
> Rapid City, SD  57701

> (605) 791-0990 phone
> 1-888-LAK-LAW4 toll free
> 1-888-525-5294
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