South Dakota lawmaker withdraws bill on Indian foster care

2013-02-13T12:52:00Z 2013-11-18T16:53:28Z South Dakota lawmaker withdraws bill on Indian foster careThe Associated Press The Associated Press
February 13, 2013 12:52 pm  • 

PIERRE | A state lawmaker has withdrawn a bill that sought to set up a monitoring program to determine whether South Dakota is complying with a federal law governing foster care for American Indian children.

The House Judiciary Committee rejected the bill Wednesday at the request of Rep. Kevin Killer of Pine Ridge, who says officials need to wait for a U.S. Supreme Court decision in a South Carolina case dealing with the Indian Child Welfare Act.

South Dakota tribal officials have alleged that the state is violating the federal law by removing too many American Indian children from their homes and putting them in foster care with non-Indian families.

Those tribal officials and the U.S. Interior Department are holding a summit in April in Rapid City to discuss the issue.

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  1. Owasicuowewastesni
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    Owasicuowewastesni - February 23, 2013 3:47 pm
    Put it this way. American Indians move to Norway. Colonize it. And start putting Norwegian children in American Indian homes after taking away their land, their language, and creating a series of laws that flat out deny Norwegian humanity.
  2. Jim Stewart
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    Jim Stewart - February 13, 2013 4:28 pm
    Help me understand, why is it bad for American Indian children to be in foster care with non-Indian families? With this reasoning only people of Norwegian descent should foster Norwegian kids.
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