Saturday, January 25, 2014

Petition to prevent the stealing of Lakota children in South Dakota right now




One of the cardinal aspects of Nazi genocide was the stealing of Polish children, deemed "Aryan" through skull measurements - "craniometry," a pseudoscience created in the United States, by Samuel G. Morton, from the skulls of murdered indigenous people (Otto Braided Hair and David Halaas just last year recovered from Smithsonian and saw to the burial of skulls of the massacred at Sand Creek...) - and IQ testing. They kidnapped and resettled some 200,000 blue eyed, blonde children mainly in rural households in Germany. See here.

One refused to speak German, saying "I am a Polish child," and was murdered in front of others by the "Headmaster" of the transfer headquarters/"School." See Clarissa Henry and Marc Hillel's documentary and book: "Of Pure Blood" here.

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In Spain, under Franco, some thirty thousand children were stolen from "leftist" parents - deemed inferior by the crazy elite psychiatrist/eugenicist Antonio Vallejo-Najera. See here. Each woman was told at a clinic in Madrid where she had given birth that the child had died. They were than sold to fascist or fascist-approved households. See here.

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Article 2e in the UN Convention against Genocide (ratified in 1948, signed by the United States only under Jimmy Carter in 1978 because of fear that the US was guilty of genocide against black people - it was - but with a still deep amnesia about its "extermination " - the chosen word of American officials including Governor John Evans of Colorado - of indigenous people) bars:

"e) forcibly transferring children of the group to another group."

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The last phase of the US government's, Canada's and Australia's ethnic cleansing was cordoning off indigenous people in concentration camps/reservations. A special feature of this was having children stripped of their cultures by being taken from their parents by force and raised in Protestant and Catholic schools. There has also been, as the Lakota lawyers protest underlines, state - South Dakota, with federal support - stealing of children for adoption (there is also a big ring to do this in China right now, apparently accounting for 75% of the babies "orphaned" - h/t Paula Bard - that feeds off poverty among Han Chinese and lack of enforcement of the law, but perhaps not just ethnic cleansing),

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For a short video "Hearts on the Ground" about this, see here.

This continuing "transfer" of Lakota children is happening right now - it is the kind of active genocidal practice that accompanies and is licensed by the name of the Washington National Football League team, see here - and we can do something about it right now.

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Here is a petition to sign to free Lakota children from the Lakota People's Law Center and below are two statements about it:

"We are on the verge of an historic moment in Lakota history.

Lakota People's Law Project is launching the Campaign to Free Lakota Children, with a national petition (click to sign it here), calling on President Obama to authorize the grants needed to start tribal foster care programs, and put us within sight of bringing our children home.

There is an epidemic of hundreds of state kidnappings of Native children by South Dakota's Department of Social Services. Lakota kids are ten times more likely as non-Native kids to be forcibly removed from their homes and placed in the foster care system. The State receives up to $79,000 per Lakota foster child annually from the federal government.

The Lakota People's Law Project has recently released a new 12-minute video 'Hearts on the Ground", documenting the heart breaking reality of the South Dakota DSS illegally denying Lakota grandmothers custody of their own grandchildren. Please watch and share this video. See here.

As part of our new Campaign to Free the Lakota Children, we would also appreciate the the help of those supporters who use Twitter to recommend the 'Hearts on the Ground" video to the popular website Upwothy, with your suggestion to @Upworthy.

We have the solution: Foster care programs run by Lakota tribes, not the culturally biased and money-motivated DSS of South Dakota.

Please sign the petition - here - and the wording is below -and help spread the word. Together we can change history.

Wopila (Many Thanks),
Chase Iron Eyes
South Dakota Legal Counsel
Lakota People’s Law Project

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"Free the Lakota Children
Petition by Lakota People's Law Project

To be delivered to President Barack Obama

I urge President Obama to stop state kidnapping by South Dakota! The time has come to empower the Lakota tribes to have their own child and family service programs.

PETITION BACKGROUND As clearly documented in the new short web video “Hearts on the Ground,” by Sundance award-winning director Kalyanee Mam (just released at www.LakotaLaw.org/action), the epidemic of child taking by the State of South Dakota is tearing thousands of Lakota Sioux families apart.

Every day, Lakota grandmothers are illegally denied their right to foster their own grandchildren. The South Dakota Dept. of Social Services rejects grandmothers for such trivial reasons as too few rooms in a home, too small of a home, too old, decades old crimes, and even rumors.

South Dakota continues to violate the federal law by placing 90% of the 750 Lakota foster children it seizes each year into non-Native homes and facilities, instead of with relatives or tribal homes. Both federal law and the United Nations define this behavior as genocide. Only tribal programs are placing foster children with their relatives.

President Obama has the authority to order three federal agencies (the Department of the Interior, the Department of Justice and Department of Health and Human Services), to provide resources to train and develop tribal family service programs and foster care systems for the nine Lakota Sioux tribal Councils. Within a short time, the $60 million in federal funds that currently go to the State of South Dakota’s Department of Social Services to illegally remove Indian children and force them into foster care can instead be spent and managed by the tribes, as they work to keep children with relatives, while restoring tribal sovereignty.

Lakota children are more than ten times more likely to be forcibly removed from their parents than Caucasian children, and now comprise about 60% of all foster children in the state. In more than 90% of the cases, simply alleged “neglect,” as opposed to sexual or physical abuse, is given as the reason for the forced taking, sometimes at gunpoint, sometimes while at school, or in the middle of the night. Poverty equals “neglect' in the mind of the State workers.

What is happening to Lakota children and families in South Dakota today is precisely the sort of activity that Congress intended to stop when it passed the Indian Child Welfare Act (“ICWA”) of 1978. The Act mandates that when states remove Native American children from their parents, they must be placed with relatives from their extended family, or with other members of their tribe, or with members of other tribes. Only when an active effort for such placements fail are states allowed to place Native Americans in White foster homes, or state run foster care facilities.

The Department of Social Services in South Dakota continues to deny child placements to willing and capable relatives, while “stripping” parents of all parental rights to ever see their children again, for “violations” as trivial as failing to show up at parenting classes.

South Dakota designates every Native child in its foster care system as “special needs,” receiving up to $79,000 from the federal government for their care annually, and then forcing many to take mind-altering drugs, even some as young at 18 months of age. Medicare spending for foster care child prescriptions in South Dakota increased more than 1,000 percent in the recent decade, while suicide rates for young Lakota children are 12 times the national average, and among the highest in the world. Some of the suicides are clearly related to the forced medications.

More than a century after being forced from their ancestral lands onto reservations, the 70,000 members of the Lakota Sioux nation remain the poorest, most oppressed people in the United States.

Let's turn around 150 years of cruel abuse to Lakota families. Please sign this petition and tell President Obama to instruct his agencies to help the tribes bring the Lakota children home!

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Here are the two main articles of the Convention against Genocide

"..any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group, as such:

(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 physical 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."

— Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, Article 2

Article 3 defines the "crimes that can be punished under the convention:

(a) Genocide;
(b) Conspiracy to commit genocide;
(c) Direct and public incitement to commit genocide;
(d) Attempt to commit genocide;
(e) Complicity in genocide."



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