Saturday, May 16, 2015

Report calls for changes in handling of Native American children in foster care



A new report from the Lakota People's Law Project is once again calling attention to what it says are racial biases in South Dakota when it comes to violations of the Indian Child Welfare Act in the state.

Project staff attorney Chase Iron Eyes says the report will be given to the heads of federal agencies in an attempt to not let the issues die.

Iron Eyes says Native American children are an economic development resource in South Dakota.

The report cites what it calls conflicts of interests and corruption in state government in connection with $63 million in federal funds the state gets by caring for Native American children in the state.

In an e–mail response Friday morning, the Department of Social Services says it has no comment on the report.

A call to the Governor's Office for comment was not returned.



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