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so it is less about the safety of the kids and more about cultural preservation by the tribes.
If these tribes posture to somehow be "sovereign nations," they should only have jurisdiction and say about what goes on on Reservation property. Correctly following the so-called "sovereign nation" set-up; if a tribal member chooses to live off-reservation, they should naturally come under the city/county/state/federal jurisdiction and the tribe should have no say. Either the Amerindians are citizens of a "sovereign nation" OR they are citizens of the U.S. Trying to have their cake and eat it too, being "sovereign" when it is convenient, and then a "US citizen" when it is convenient, is ridiculous!
the truth lies somewhere in the middle - the Oglala and Rosebud regions are clearly unique both in people and geography. Experienced an Oglala member fail at Augustana college - a brilliant person, but culturally from a separate nation. Sadly, could not tolerate "us." As a Vnam-era vet (early '70s) I felt a certain empathy to the situation, but I had vet organizations to keep my focus. He did not have the same kinds of support.
NO, it is about the fact there aren't real hearings to determine what is needed for the safety of the kids. A 'hearing' without hearing from BOTH sides does not serve justice.
Unfortunately, many children in the Dakotas and Minnesota who are abused on the reservation are taken from the protections of foster care provided off the reservation on a regular basis. There are many heartbreaking stories of kids who have thrived in homes off the reservations only to be returned to abusive homes under absurd federal laws that put the good of the children behind the pride or needs of the tribe.
Child Protection services are corrupt all over the place.. not just for the Indians... Ask fathers as they try to see their kids after a nasty divorce. It is all about money.. paying lawyers and court
I guess I don't understand why native American children don't deserve the same level of protection from harm that everyone else deserves. Why would there be two sets of rules. Ths sounds like another law that could be eliminated.
I have been on that reservation. It is incredible what I have seen there and it's not about caring for their children.
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