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Kidnapping tribal children

October 28, 2011

Last week we had a post on how the Iroquois used to kidnap colonists to join their tribe. That time is long gone–but today, in the USA, our own state governments kidnap native American children.

The children, supposedly from bad situations, are sent to foster care with strangers instead of their own family members. But why would the state take so many children away from their own tribal families?  Check out this NPR investigation.

The worst offending state is South Dakota.  It turns out their system makes money. The one child welfare service has a monopoly; contracts are not bid out. And they make millions of dollars from the state and Federal agencies. In fact, their former director made so much money and power, he became the governor  of South Dakota.

Does this sound like the plot of a bad novel? How can this be happening today in the USA?

  1. October 28, 2011 10:19 pm

    Hope they get an award for that series of stories. It was a good reporting, but hard to listen to.

    If you look at the South Dakota quarter, you do see that their attitude doesn’t stop with Indian children. The quarter has Mt. Rushmore, a pheasant, and wheat on it. Nothing native, not even corn.

    Some of the Lakota say that South Dakota is the most racist state in the US. I don’t know if that’s true, but stories like this certainly lend weight to the charge.

  2. Jeff R. permalink
    October 31, 2011 12:09 pm

    Why are people so constantly surprised when perverse incentives incentivize perversely?


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