For those who are posting on the issues involved.. Do your research..
The Lakȟóta people (pronounced [laˈkˣota]; also known as Teton, Thítȟuŋwaŋ (“prairie dwellers”), Teton Sioux (“snake, or enemy”) are an indigenous people
First of all these issues are not new… go back and find issues on the taking of children from the Reservation by NDakota Dept. Of Children’s Services.
“Peter Lengkeek is one of 14 members of the Crow Creek Tribal Council. He said he is enraged by the number of children that the Department of Social Services has removed from his reservation. The Tribal Council recently passed a resolution saying that the state cannot remove children without the council’s approval.”
Now, its not just that these children are being abused in foster homes that has fueled these issues, there is another mandate one must consider before going off on a tangent.. As I said none of these issues are new.. So, whats really going on.. first of all this is the way.. as you read below.. its suppose to be.. but due to the extreme poverty and issues on the Reservation.. things changed..
So.. start reading and clarify in your own mind the way its suppose to be.
Tribal sovereignty in the United States is the inherent authority of indigenous tribes to govern themselves within the borders of the United States of America. The federal government recognizes tribal nations as “domestic dependent nations” and has established a number of laws attempting to clarify the relationship between the federal, state, and tribal governments. The Constitution and later federal laws grant local sovereignty to tribal nations, but do not grant full sovereignty equivalent to that of foreign nations, hence the term “domestic dependent nations”.
Federally recognized tribes are considered domestic dependent nations. Tribal sovereignty refers to tribes’ right to govern themselves, define their own membership, manage tribal property, and regulate tribal business and domestic relations; it further recognizes the existence of a government-to-government relationship between such tribes and the federal government.
Each tribal government operates according to its own constitutional rules. Most tribes have written constitutions. Many of these are modeled after form constitutions prepared by the United States Department of the Interior pursuant to the Indian Reorganization Act of 1934, a New Deal initiative designed to strengthen tribal government. Tribes that operate under these
constitutions are called “IRA” tribes. By electing, according to the terms of the Indian Reorganization Act, not to opt out of the Act’s coverage, these tribes were empowered by Congress to borrow funds for economic development and form tribal corporations. Some tribes, most notably the Navajo, voted to opt out of the IRA’s coverage. The Oklahoma tribes were not covered by the Act; instead, they were made were subject to a similar statute, the Oklahoma Indian Welfare Act. IRA tribes ordinarily have strong executives, although constitutional amendment has replaced many of these with balanced executives, legislatures and judiciaries.
Child Abuse Concerns Spur Federal Takeover at North Dakota Indian Reservation
“The Bureau of Indian Affairs said Monday that it will take control of social services on a North Dakota reservation, amid concerns from federal officials that the tribe’s mismanagement of the agency led to the abuse of children on the reservation.
The reservation, home to the Spirit Lake tribe, a group of roughly 6,600 people living in a remote area of the northern United States, has been under scrutiny since August 2011, when federal officials from the bureau began working with tribal authorities to improve child safety after the local BIA office reported “serious deficiencies” at the agency.
The tribe requested federal intervention last week, the BIA said in a statement (pdf) announcing the move on Monday. Tribal officials told the BIA that the move would be in the “best interest of the Tribe, its children, and its families.””
“A Primer on Tribal Court Civil Practice*
This article will examine the current state of the law governing tribal court practice in North Dakota with an emphasis on the ever-changing civil jurisdiction rules governing tribal courts, an examination of full faith and credit between tribal and state courts as well as between tribal courts, and finally a review of recent federal legislative proposals which undoubtedly will impact tribal court civil practice. With four tribal courts in
“Prepared by the North Dakota Legislative Council
staff for the Budget Committee on Human Services
INDIAN JURISDICTIONAL ISSUES”
“The National Congress of American Indians, founded in 1944, is the oldest, largest and most representative American Indian and Alaska Native organization serving the broad interests of tribal governments and communities”
You want to help out.. well use the link above and encourage the Tribal Leaders, straighten out their problems and take back their responsibilities . Find a petition and sign it.. But your ranting and raving on social networking is going to fall on deaf ears.
Laws must be changed in North Dakota.. As I pointed out earlier.. NONE of this is New, the issues with N Dakota and the Foster Care system and abuses against the Lokota Children have been going on since the first child was removed from the Reservations both in the United States and Canada. They took the children, put them in private schools, cut their hair, made them wear White man’s clothing, and refused to allow them near their parents or families, nor allowed them to worship in their own manner nor were they allowed to practice any Lokota ways of life. It was and is the white mans way of making the new generations civilized.. Which is one hell of a big joke.. What does a white man know about being civilized..