Native America Calling
4:17 pm
Fri November 18, 2011

South Dakota Foster Care Crisis

Mon. 11/21 11a: A recent NPR News investigation found that in South Dakota Native American children make up less than 15 percent of the child population, but they make up more than half of the children in the state’s foster care system. 

Many of these children are placed with non-native families. This is in spite of the fact that the Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978 was designed to keep this from happening.

What is behind this high rate? Are there financial motives for the state to remove Indian children from their families, homes, and tribes?

Guests include NPR News investigative correspondent Laura Sullivan.