by Daniel Barker, Natural News:
In what appears to be a “genocide-for-profit” scheme, South Dakota officials and Big Pharma interests have teamed up to remove Native American children from their homes to be put into foster care, where they are routinely over-prescribed dangerous drugs used for treating mental illness.
How the scheme works
The use of culturally-biased guidelines in determining mental health status allows the agency to circumvent Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) rules, designed to keep these children from ending up in non-native foster homes, while generating millions of dollars for the pharmaceutical industry.
From an ICWA study posted on the LakotaLaw.org website:
“After an initial investigation we, the South Dakota Indian Child Welfare Act directors, are alarmed by the possibility that Native American foster children in South Dakota are receiving harmfully excessive amounts of prescription drugs designed to treat mental illness. The following quantitative data is cause for concern and an indication that further research is needed: a majority of South Dakota’s foster children are Native American, and South Dakota spent eleven times more on prescription drugs for Native American foster care children in 2009 than it did in 1999. The number of prescriptions for Native American foster children more than tripled during the period.”
The “keep-them-drugged-and-in-the-system” approach is nothing new. Activist and attorney, Daniel Sheehan, and the Lakota People’s Law Project, point to a similar situation in Texas that happened while George W. Bush was governor of the state.
Among the findings of the ICWA study:
In South Dakota, there was a “massive spike” of spending on pharmaceutical drugs for Native American foster children during the period between 1999 and 2009, when the number of prescriptions increased 370 percent.
South Dakota places Native American children into foster homes at significantly higher rates than other ethnic groups.
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