Remember that messed up thing the United States government did to Native Americans starting in the 1800s? When Native American children were forced into boarding schools so that they could become ‘civilized’?
A statistic collected in 2014 evidenced that every year 750 kids are being seized by the state of South Dakota by Child Protective Services who are in violation of the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA).
As of 2014, 13% of the child population in South Dakota is Native, and by staggering contrast, 54% of the children in the South Dakota foster care system are Native. This is disproportionately more than any other racial group in the SD foster care system.
On top of this, the state of South Dakota also receives about $70,000 annually for every Native child placed in foster care.
(at this rate that’s $52,500,000 dollars a year)
Moreover, Native children are not only being removed from their homes and being put into foster care, but some are even put into psychiatric facilities and prescribed medication without their parents’ consent.
One of the children, Patrick Red Feather Jr., was taken from his home, put into a psychiatric facility, and forced to take psychiatric drugs that ultimately made him suicidal.
What’s more is that the pharmaceutical corporation, Eli Lilly & Co., which promoted and profited from TMAP, was also one of Bush's biggest campaign contributors!
As a consequence to all of this, thousands of Native children in South Dakota, particularly belonging to the Lakota Tribe, have been stolen from their homes, and are being stripped of their culture.
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