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(S.D.)-Native Americans Discuss Foster Care Program

By: Chris Fankhauser Posted at: 07/09/2013 01:21 PM

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — Tribal members from South Dakota gathered Monday in Rapid City to discuss how they could form their own tribal-run foster care system.
Foster care among Native American children was the main topic of morning conversation during the first day of a three-day meeting of Sioux tribes. The meeting is the third in a series of quarterly summits between the state's nine tribes.
Tribal members discussed potential models for Native-run foster care systems. On the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, the Oglala Sioux Tribe runs a foster care system that is partially funded by the state of South Dakota. Although it must follow South Dakota rules, it focuses on traditional Lakota cultures.
(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press)


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