The Lakota People’s Law Project estimates there are around 740 Lakota children taken into foster care by a state violating the Indian Child Welfare Act each year and 90 percent are placed in non-Native homes and institutions.
The Indian Child Welfare Act summit will be held May 15-17 in Rapid City. US Attorney for South Dakota, Brendan Johnson is widely expected to attend although it has yet to be announced.
Among those attending the Summit will be Honorable Judge B.J. Jones of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate Tribal Court; Honorable Judge William A. Thorne of the Utah Court of Appeals; United States Attorney for the District of North Dakota, Timothy Q. Purdon; and senior leadership from the U.S. Department of the Interior's Office of the Solicitor. Participants will also represent U.S. Department of the Interior and Department of Justice, the Casey Family Programs, Washington State Office of Indian Policy, National Child Welfare Resource Center for Tribes’ and Children’s Bureau, Administration for Children and Families. [ICTM staff, Indian Country Today Media]Hey, Senator Rubio: there is no Internal Revenue Service Commissioner!