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  •  Poverty mistaken as neglect (12+ / 0-)

    Thank you for your comment paz3. There is no doubt that the materialism of American culture is a major part of the problem in South Dakota. A tribal council member who is an ally of ours said recently at a meeting we had with the BIA: "We have gotten used to raising our children on a moccasin string--not even a shoe string--but DSS acts as if our kinship system is inadequate for the raising of our children when parents fall upon hard times." The point being missed in so many cases by DSS is that the love of family and tribe is more important than whether every child has his/her own room, etc. Of course, ICWA demands that DSS keep extended families and tribes intact, so we are talking about a criminal act here.

    •  Forget having my own room - (10+ / 0-)

      when I was very little, we girls slept three to a bed.  [And I was the youngest, so guess who got stuck in the middle?]

      Wold I have loved my own room?  Sure.  What I would've loved even more was to grow up speaking my own language.  [Something forbidden by my grandfather's father, to keep the family safe; my father never learned more than a few words here and there.]

      Authentic Native American silverwork, jewelry, photography, and other art here.

      by Aji on Sat Feb 02, 2013 at 02:08:21 PM PST

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    •  Seems Like Genocide To Me... (0+ / 0-)

      Aji, above:

      Very, very common paternalism.  I see that attitude every single day.  But it's more than just a "culture clash" - it's outright racism, of the most insidious sort.
      Aji (and LPLP), if it's racism (and it sure smells like it to me), and the results of child removal from NDN families is what you describe, times all of the occurrences, then it really is genocide, by definition.

      You do not have to kill the body to kill off a lot of the soul.

      Genocide defined: "the deliberate and systematic destruction, in whole or in part, of an ethnic, racial, religious, or national group" *Funk, T. Marcus (2010). Victims' Rights and Advocacy at the International Criminal Court.
      1948 United Nations Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide (CPPCG). Article 2 of this convention defines genocide as "any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group, as such: killing members of the group; causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group; deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life, calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part; imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group; [and] forcibly transferring children of the group to another group."
      I don't know enough about Lakota spirituality to 'properly' pray for a resolution to this wrong, but I sure want LPLP to somehow be able to get the truth of this genocidal action across to the BIA, to show, to BIAs satisfaction (it seems obvious to me), that the law is being broken, and to at least get a cease and desist action lodged against the SD DSS, based on the ICWA.

      A prayer from the Episcopal Book of Common Prayer, with the LPLP in mind:

      Look with mercy, O heavenly Father, upon the people in this land who live with injustice, terror, disease, and death as their constant companions. Have mercy upon us. Help us to eliminate our cruelty to these our neighbors. Strengthen those who spend their lives establishing equal protection of the law and equal opportunities for all. And grant that every one of us may enjoy a fair portion of the riches of this land; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

      "We will find fulfillment not in the goods that we have, but in the good we can do for each other." ~ RFK

      by paz3 on Sun Feb 03, 2013 at 12:43:45 PM PST

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