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  •  Another extraction "industry" Native American.. (11+ / 0-)

    ..children are designated as "special needs" children; this increases the price/incentive to target them.

    NPR: South Dakota Foster Care Uses Native American Children as Cash Crop?

    South Dakota has become a powerhouse for private group home providers who bring in millions of dollars in state contracts to care for kids. Among them is Children's Home Society, the state's largest foster care provider, which has close ties with top government officials. It used to be run by South Dakota's Gov. Dennis Daugard [sic]. An NPR investigation has found that Daugard was on the group's payroll while he was lieutenant governor — and while the group received tens of millions of dollars in no-bid state contracts. It's an unusual relationship highlighting the powerful role money and politics play in South Dakota's foster care system [Laura Sullivan and Amy Walters, "Native Foster Care: Lost Children, Shattered Families," NPR, 2011.10.25].
    And these crooked legislators have rigged it so Native American children are labeled "special needs children" because more money is to be made.
    Then there's the bonus money. Take for example something the federal government calls the "adoption incentive bonus." States receive money if they move kids out of foster care and into adoption — about $4,000 a child. But according to federal records, if the child has "special needs," a state can get as much as $12,000.

    A decade ago, South Dakota designated all Native American children "special needs," which means Native American children who are permanently removed from their homes are worth more financially to the state than other children. - emphasis

    Immoral doesn't seem to cover it any more. This is beyond any words i know

    More power to you - Aji

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    •  Thanks, Eric! (6+ / 0-)

      And, yes, I reserve special contempt for Daugaard.  Back in 2010, when we were all battling to get then Gov. Mike Rounds to issue a disaster declaration so that the tribes could get federal funds, I researched and posted a list of all relevant state officials' contact info.

      Except Daugaard.  Why?  Because on his official Lt. Gov.'s Web site, he refused to  make ANY direct contact info available.  So I noted that in the list, and had people call the office's main line anyway.

      Now we know he had more than just reasons of GOP ideology not to want to talk to us about NDN issues.

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

      by Aji on Sat Feb 02, 2013 at 04:15:40 PM PST

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