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SD: Tribal Leaders Seek Federal Foster Care Help

November 13, 2013

Keloland TV - November 11, 2013


Leaders of South Dakota's nine Sioux tribes will be in Washington, D.C., this week to seek federal help to resolve allegations that the state removes too many Native American children from their homes and places them in foster care in non-Indian homes.

The tribal officials allege that the state violates the Indian Child Welfare Act, which requires that Native American children removed from homes must be placed with relatives or put in foster care with other American Indian families except in unusual circumstances. State officials say they comply with the law.

Sioux officials will hold a news conference and a demonstration while they are in Washington for a federal conference.

Gov. Dennis Daugaard has supported the tribes' efforts to run their own child welfare and foster care services.


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