Nation Center for Victims of Crime released an article on the new program Simply Smiles!
“On the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Reservation in South Dakota, an overwhelming number of Lakota children are being removed from their homes due to significant safety concerns. This often means that a child remains in crisis or that the intervention fails to uphold the core tenet of the Indian Child Welfare Act: to keep Native children within their culture to be raised by kin and community.
To protect these children, Simply Smiles is building and managing the first-of-its-kind Simply Smiles Children’s Village in the Reservation town of La Plant. The Simply Smiles Children’s Village provides the forum and infrastructure for Native people to intervene, protect, and help to raise the most vulnerable Native children.”
Read the full article here.