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Indian Child Welfare Program 

104 Teton Mall
P.O. Box 590
Eagle Butte, SD 57625

Office Phone: (605) 964-6460
Office Fax: (605) 964-6463

Diane Garreau, Director

Child & Family Services
Vacant, Book Keeper  
Office Phone: (605) 964-6462
Office Fax: (605) 964-6463
Emergency Shelter Home
Jerri LaPlante, Manager 

Office Phone: (605) 964-6450
Office Fax: (605) 964-6463

Emergency Shelter Home Vision & Mission Statement 

The Indian Child Welfare program scope of work: is the designated agent of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe to respond to all ICWA notices from all 50 states and legally intervene on all children who are members or eligible for enrollment in the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe. The ICWA program is the umbrella agency for the Child and Family Services program and the Emergency Children's Shelter. 

Background: ICWA was enacted in 1978 because of the high removal rate of Indian children from their traditional homes and essentially from Indian culture as a whole. Before enactment, as many as 25 to 35 percent of all Indian children were being removed from their Indian homes and placed in non-Indian homes, with presumably the absence of Indian culture. In some cases, the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) paid the states to remove Indian children and to place them with non-families and religious groups. Testimony in the House Committee for Interior and Insular Affairs showed that in some cases, the per capita rate of Indian children in foster care was nearly 16 times higher than the rate for non-Indians. If Indian children had continued to be removed from Indian homes at this rate, tribal survival would be threatened. Congress recognized this and stated that the interests of tribal stability were as important as that of the best interests of the child. One of the factors in this judgment was that, because of the differences in culture, what was in the best interest of a non-Indian child was not necessarily what was in the best interest of an Indian child, especially due to extended families and tribal relationship.  

According to our tradition, the Lakota Oyate are provided a safe and stable home in their communities. Lakota culture and values will thrive and our families will live and be reunited according to our traditional values and written tribal law. With the renewal of Lakota traditions and culture, our families will be strengthened and the intervention of social services will be minimal 

To reclaim and to protect our wakanyeja (children) tiwahe (families) rights and well-being by providing services that empower and promote self-sufficiency. Through utilizing our Lakota 

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