U.S.A. - SUD DAKOTA
Genocidio non è un termine troppo forte per quello che sta ora accadendo in Sud Dakota. L'enorme,
scioccante violazione dei diritti umani e legali che sono effettuate
Stato equivalgono ad un genocidio contro i popoli nativi americani:
Lakota, Dakota e Nakota Sioux, che risiedono entro i suoi confini. Vengono sequestrati e rapiti da parte di funzionari statali, sotto la copertura della legge, i bambini nativi americani. Lo Stato riceve fino a 79 000$ all’anno dal governo federale per ogni bambino nativo messo nelle case adottive.
Genocide is not too strong a term for what is now happening in South
Dakota. The huge, shocking violation of legal and human rights being
carried out by the state is tantamount to genocide against the Native
American nations, the Lakota, Dakota and Nakota Sioux, residing within
its borders. It is the abduction and kidnapping by state officials,
under the cover of law, of American Indian children.
This is a gross violation of the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) of
1978. Further, these abominable kidnappings are being upheld by the
courts of that state.
The best approach to this crime against humanity is by the following initial checklist:
1. Over 700 American Indian children are removed by South Dakota state officials from their homes every year.
2. These hundreds are sent to white foster homes or group homes.
3. Many are adopted by white families.
4. Indian children account for 13.8 percent of the state's child
population, yet they represent 56.3 percent of the foster care
5. Of the hundreds of Native children in foster care in 2011, 87
percent were placed in non-Indian homes while Native foster homes went
6. Because of its targeting Native children, South Dakota is
currently removing children from their families at a higher rate than
the vast majority of other states in the U.S.
7. Once removed, the state's courts routinely keep Indian children from even seeing their families for at least 60 days.
8. The state's Department of Social Services (DSS) workers warn
Native children that if they become emotional during a visit with their
parents, the visits will be discontinued (this is
This is genocide as defined by the United Nations General Assembly's Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide. This Convention (Article 2) defines genocide as follows :
"... any of the following acts commit with intent to destroy,
whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group, as
(a) Killing members of the group;
(b) Causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group;
(c) Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its destruction in whole or in part;
(d) Imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group;
(e) Forcibly transferring children of the group to another group."
South Dakota is committing blatant and flagrant genocide against the
Sioux people in violation of subsection (e) of Article 2 by transferring
Indian children to white homes, and also of subsection (b) amid
allegations of sexual abuse and drugging of Native children in DSS
foster care. Those responsible need to be brought to justice in an
international court of law in addition to the lawsuit already filed in
U.S courts (see below). This is a most serious case of ethnic cleansing.
One Indian mother had 62 hearings and was never allowed to present
any witness testimony, never even allowed to see the petition filed
against her. This is a huge violation of long established U.S. due
process. Also, the Indian Child Welfare Act mandates that Native
children shall first be placed with tribal relatives, non-related tribal
members, or members of other tribes before non-Indian families can be
South Dakota has taken a step back into the late 19th
century, when thousands of Indian children were forcibly removed from
their homes by U.S. soldiers and sent to boarding schools - allegedly
for education, where the motto was "Kill the Indian, Save the Man." In
some of these schools the motto was more akin to simply "Kill the
This journalist has heard numerous accounts from families across
Indian Country who had lost at least one child to the boarding school
system in the 19th century. They were told that their child
or children had run away from the school and could not be found. In
other cases they were informed that their child had died from illness.
recent report by the Indian Child Welfare Act directors in South Dakota, 740 Lakota children are removed to foster care each year and 90 percent are placed in white h
omes and institutions.
A vigorous campaign is currently being waged by the Lakota People's Law Project to secure the return of over 2,200 Lakota, Dakota and Nakota children illegally taken from their homes by DSS.
Among the results of the LPLP efforts was the recent Great Plains Indian Child Welfare Act Summit
held May 15-17 in Rapid City, South Dakota. The summit was held in an
atmosphere that has been characterized by the Oglala Sioux Tribe as a
"child welfare emergency."
The summit also had as a backdrop a federal class action lawsuit that
was filed on March 21 by the Oglala and Rosebud Sioux Tribes and tribal
members, challenging the continued removal of Native children in
Pennington County, South Dakota, from their homes.
South Dakota DDS has asserted that it had authority to remove
children by tribal court order or tribal council agreement. The states
have no authority over such youngsters; the tribes have exclusive
jurisdiction over Indian children residing on reservations.
However, investigations by LPLP found that South Dakota's assertions are blatantly false.
Typically, DDS would receive a false report of child neglect on a
given reservation and without any legal authority would snatch the child
in question without any notification to the child's relatives. In one
such instance DSS abducted a young boy when he left his relatives to use
the restroom while family members were attending a high school
graduation ceremony. It was weeks before his family found where he had
Aside from the genocidal racism involved there is a financial motive
on the part of the state. South Dakota receives $79,000 from the
federal government per year per child for every Native youngster it
removes, but provides only $9,000 to a white foster home. The remaining
$70,000 is deposited in state coffers.
The president of the Oglala Sioux Tribe and other Natives feel that
the ICWA lawsuit is for greater fairness for all families, regardless of
race, including whites. But, it must be remembered that white
youngsters are not being sent to non-white homes; for whites, genocide
is obviously not an issue. The humanity of Indian people, particularly
in the face of the racism they have endured is truly poignant and
moving. This becomes a movement not just for Indian people, but for all,
led by long-suffering, grieving Native families.
(By: Albert Bender)