Soul Wound: The Legacy of Native American Schools

U.S. and Canadian authorities took Native children from their homes and tried to school, and sometimes beat, the Indian out them. Now Native Americans are fighting the theft of language, of culture, and of childhood itself.

Adoption, child welfare services in USA rake in $14 billion a year

Taken From Families, Indigenous Children Face Extreme Rates of State Violence in US   By Britney Schultz, Truthout | Report In a photo taken around 1936, Aboriginal Canadians attend a school at Fort Resolution in the Northwest Territories. Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission has concluded that the country’s former policy of removing Aboriginal children from […]

Horrors in Canada, Horrors in the US   By Lara/Trace I do not know if readers of this blog have followed what is happening in Canada and their years-long investigation called the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC).  In 2014 I heard Justice Murray Sinclair speak about TRC at Yale. READ HERE. He spoke about their findings and what the Canadian government […]

Tribes on child welfare: We can do it better

But ability to administer foster care has doubters in Indian Country Jul. 27, 2013, Written by Steve Young At issue GRANTS: Members of the Lakota People’s Law Project, a nonprofit that advises Native Americans about Indian Child Welfare violations, say they have been talking to government officials in Washington about money for South Dakota’s nine […]

IMPORTANT REMINDER: Deadline for Purchase Offers Fast Approaching for Landowners with Interests at Pine Ridge, Makah Reservations

Originally posted on Turtle Talk:
 IMPORTANT REMINDER: Deadline for Purchase Offers Fast Approaching for Landowners with Interests at Pine Ridge, Makah Reservations The Department of the Interior announced in December 2013 that owners of fractionated land interests at the Pine Ridge and Makah Reservations were the first to receive purchase offers under the Department’s Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations…

Outstanding New Paper on Federal Trust Land Acquisitions

Frank Pommersheim has published an important new paper titled “Land Into Trust: An Inquiry into Law, Policy, and History” in the Idaho Law Review. A PDF is here: 49 Idaho Law Review 519 Here is the introduction: The land-into-trust policy of the Indian Reorganization Act (“IRA”) is an express legislative attempt to undo, or at […]

South Dakota tribes to reinvent foster care

As fears mount over state misconduct, tribes focus on creating their own foster care systems Daniel Simmons-Ritchie (RAPID CITY JOURNAL) Following mounting anger over charges that the state has routinely and illegally placed Native American children with non-native foster parents, South Dakota tribes gathered Monday in Rapid City to discuss how they could form their […]

NYTs: Timothy Egan on Indian Country Crime (“Science and Sensibility”)

Originally posted on Turtle Talk:
Here. An excerpt: For American Indians, living nearly invisible lives on archipelagos of native culture, irrational Republican philosophy has been particularly cruel. There are more than 300 reservations throughout the land — nations within a nation, sovereign to a point. Non-Indians are responsible for most of the domestic violence in…

Forced Sterilizations, Racist Terror, and the Native American Uprising of 1972-1973

by Steven Argue (Feb 3rd, 2013) [Photo: Native American rancher, Raymond Yellow Thunder, in 1972 was attacked by racists, stripped from the waste down, and forced into an American Legion bar where people made fun of him, forced him to dance, and put cigarettes out on him.  Raymond was then taken out back, beaten nearly […]

American Indian poverty today

American Indian and Alaska Native Poverty Rate About 50 Percent in Rapid City, S.D., and About 30 Percent in Five Other Cities, Census Bureau Reports The poverty rate for American Indians and Alaska Natives in Rapid City, S.D. (50.9 percent) was around three times the rate in Anchorage, Alaska (16.6 percent) and about 30 percent […]

DAKOTA 38 – Full Movie in HD #NDN

Watch here: Published on Jul 19, 2012 In the spring of 2005, Jim Miller, a Native spiritual leader and Vietnam veteran, found himself in a dream riding on horseback across the great plains of South Dakota. Just before he awoke, he arrived at a riverbank in Minnesota and saw 38 of his Dakota ancestors […]

Alfred Afraid of Hawk

Buffalo Bill performer remembered during ceremony September 09, 2012 7:00 pm • Associated Press   // MANDERSON | Descendants of a Native American man who died more than a century ago while touring with a western-themed show gathered together Sunday to honor his life and celebrate his remains coming home to a South Dakota reservation. […]