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South Dakota won't attend Indian Child Welfare Act meeting
standing rock sioux
Posted: Tuesday, May 14, 2013
South Dakota Department of Social Services
won't be sending representatives to an
Indian Child Welfare Act
summit, the Associated Press reports.
A spokesperson for the department said the
Bureau of Indian Affairs
only gave notice of the summit last week. The meeting, however, has been in the works for more than a year amid tribal complaints about the disproportionate number of Indian children in the state's child welfare system.
"At the end of the road, we should be administering our own childcare services to our kids," Chase Iron Eyes, a member of the
Standing Rock Sioux Tribe
, told the AP.
The summit is being held May 15-17 at the Best Western Ramkota Hotel and Convention Center in Rapid City.
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