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)