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Grandmothers and the Lakota Child Rescue Project

Every year in South Dakota the state takes nearly 700 Native American children. 95% of them are placed in non-Native foster and state-run care—in direct violation of the Indian Child Welfare Act. Why? Each year the state receives almost $100 million in federal money for foster care services.

Madonna Thunder Hawk and other Lakota grandmothers speak out against the mass removal of children from Lakota homes and the need for awareness and action around the issue.