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South Dakota Tribes Seek Federal Money for Foster Care Services

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Five more American Indian tribes in South Dakota are seeking federal money to help operate their own foster care programs.

The Argus Leader reports that the Rosebud Sioux last year received a $300,000 planning grant. The Standing Rock, Cheyenne River, Yankton, Oglala and Crow Creek Sioux tribes now also are seeking grants.

Congress in 1978 passed the Indian Child Welfare Act after finding high numbers of Indian children being removed from their homes and placed in non-Indian homes and institutions. But many tribal children still are going to non-tribal homes, leading to lawsuits.

Gov. Dennis Daugaard a year ago sent a letter to federal Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius saying he supports efforts of South Dakota tribes to run their own child welfare and foster care services.

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