Earrings, Winnie’s Native Design
POVERTY IS NOT NEGLECT!
Recently the South Dakota legislature redefined neglect, putting at risk many low-income families and skyrocketing the amount of native children placed in Foster Care.
Testimonies we have received from Native families in South Dakota provides evidence that often times DSS workers view poverty as neglect.
7 of the 11 poorest counties in the U.S. are made up mostly of reservation land in South Dakota. All on the western side of the state.
Every year, roughly 743 Native children are seized from their family and tribe. Of the children who are not returned to their families, only about half will be placed in foster homes at all. The other half will reside in state institutions.
HELP US INVESTIGATE SOUTH DAKOTA’S TREATMENT OF NATIVE CHILDREN AND FOSTER CARE SERVICES
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Focusing on Culture to Level the Playing Field for Native Students
A medicine man once told Mark Sorensen that true education can heal.
That counsel rang true for Sorensen, principal and co-founder of STAR Charter School, a small school near Flagstaff, Arizona, that serves a 98-percent Navajo student population. Sorensen has spent 37 years working in Indian education, and the medicine man’s advice echoed Sorensen’s philosophies in and out of the classroom.