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  •  The report covers a lot of this, and . . . (8+ / 0-)

    LPLP can answer more directly about the specific motivations that they see in their immediate cases.

    But this is a longstanding problem that, in too many instances, has absolutely nothing to do with the fitness of parents or other family, and everything to do with racism.  Non-Indians have no reason to see this, but in many of our communities, we're still fighting the outside tendency to want to "kill the Indian; save the man" - every single day.  Here, above and beyond the racism, there's a clear profit motive.

    And let me just say that the fact that non-tribal authorities have no jurisdiction doesn't stop them, in many places.  As a practical matter, a person or an institution has as much power as it can arrogate to itself, whether by force or otherwise.  And we're dealing with more than 500 years of such arrogation by force, and by whatever other means are available.  As I've said elsewhere, it's a little difficult to fight for your parental rights when your kids are abducted from school or elsewhere, it may be 200 miles to the town where the court is located, and you have no gas money (or working vehicle) because your annual income is less than $3,800.

    This is a whole other world.

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    by Aji on Sat Feb 02, 2013 at 02:27:56 PM PST

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