For 17 months, Stephen Pevar had been on a quiet but determined mission to end what he saw as the wholesale removal of Indian children from their homes without due process in South Dakota. Since October 2011, he and the legal team working on behalf of tribes in the area had devoted hundreds of hours to researching, consulting with experts and piecing together their facts in a very broad and complex case that was growing larger by the day. Officials from South Dakota, who all declined to be interviewed for this story, immediately filed a Motion to Dismiss the case with Judge Jeffrey Viken, the Chief Judge for the United States District Court for the District of South Dakota. [Suzette Brewer, Swept Away, Part 3: The Battle for South Dakota’s Native Children Begins, Indian Country Today Media]
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
ICTM continues probe of Rounds/Daugaard ICWA crimes
Pennington County's behavior has been called shocking.