The Lakota People’s Law Project has been featured in a national publication for the second time the past week, demonstrating that our efforts to direct attention to the plight of Native Americans is not in vain.
The predicament of Native Americans facing institutional racism has commonly gone unreported by major news outlets across the country, but recent events show that this might be changing.
Over the past week, two major news sources have cited the Lakota People’s Law Project as a resource in articles highlighting both the issues of police violence against indigenous peoples, and the unlawful seizure of Native children by state authorities.
In an article probing the July 12 shooting of Lakota tribe member Paul Castaway by Denver police officers, MotherJones interviewed LPLP attorney Chase Iron Eyes for background on the treatment of Native Americans by authorities.
“This is a reflection of an endemic problem in the perception of non-white people when it comes to the administration of justice,” Chase told them, regarding Castaway’s death, “You can tell they’re shooting out of fear, if it’s not out of hate”.
The piece goes on to call attention to the disproportionate number of Native American men killed by police in comparison with other ethnicities, and references the February LPLP report “Native Lives Matter”.
A separate report launched on Sunday by Truthout.org calls attention to the institutionalized violence and discriminatory measures practiced by the state against Native families and children.
This article also uses a LPLP report — in this case the 2013 Report to Congress — to expose the unfair and racist policies of Child Protective Services in South Dakota, through which Native children are interned in state custody facilities that are little more than juvenile detention centers.
Their parents are then frequently prosecuted with “neglect”, but as LPLP chief counsel Daniel Sheehan informed Truthout, this is often just a euphemism for poverty. He goes on to denounce state welfare resources for under educating and overmedicating Native children seized from their families, and emphasizes LPLP’s call for changes that would make the Indian Child Welfare Act enforceable.
The substantial reliance of both Truthout and MotherJones on LPLP reports and personnel indicate not only that we are a national authority on issues relating to the wellness of Native peoples, but that our message is continually gathering press and raising awareness. As a non profit organization, we need your help to continue our mission!
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