On Wednesday, a group of Indians staged the 8th “Memorial March to Honor Lost Children” from South Sioux City, Nebraska, to Sioux City.
About 100 people walked to remember kids who are considered “lost” to state child welfare programs. The group believes that too often Native American kids are taken by the state and placed with non-native foster families.
“We know our children better and we know our community, we know our culture and to put a child that has always been in that culture into a family that is not Indian is a huge trauma,” said Vicky Apala-Cuevas, Native Affairs Commissioner.
Frank LaMere believes in the Federal Indian Child Welfare Act also know as ICWA. It’s a law that is supposed to help keep children with Native Americans parents and foster parents as long as possible.