Native Americans Trade Tales Of Displaced Children
by KDLT News
May 15, 2013 9:16 PM
More than a dozen Native American families described through tears children being taken from them by South Dakota social workers.
The stories were delivered Wednesday during the first day of the Great Plains Indian Child Welfare Act Summit in Rapid City.
Parents detailed the difficulty in regaining custody of children placed in non-Native American foster homes.
The testimony marked Day 1 of a three-day summit and focused on alleged violations of the 1978 Indian Child Welfare Act.
Tribal officials say that South Dakota has violated the law since its inception.
The Oglala Sioux and Rosebud Sioux tribes, along with three Native American parents, filed a lawsuit against the state two months ago.
The Rapid City Journal reports that Thursday and Friday of the summit will focus on potential solutions.