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A class-action lawsuit has been filed by South Dakota parents and tribes over unlawful separation of children from their families.

A class-action lawsuit has been filed by South Dakota parents and tribes over unlawful separation of children from their families. Three Indian parents, as well as the Oglala Sioux Tribe and Rosebud Sioux Tribe, claim that the State Department of Social Services has repeatedly removed children from their homes or tribes without due process--in violation of the Fourteenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution and the Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978and often places them with non-Indian families for months, resulting in cultural separation. The plaintiffs further argue that court hearings, some lasting only minutes, are held within two days of removing the children, court documents are kept secret, and the parents are not allowed to introduce any evidence.
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Title Annotation:Worth Noting
Author:Gajewski, Karen Ann
Publication:The Humanist
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1U4SD
Date:May 1, 2013
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