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CHICAGO (PRWEB) September 10, 2008

Today’s meeting, held by the Food and Nutrition Service of the USDA, was a Request for Public Comments for Use in Preparing for 2009 Reauthorization of the Child Nutrition Programs, which includes the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program; and the Child and Adult Care Food Program, which support nutritious meals and snacks served to children in schools, child care institutions and afterschool care programs.

Speaking on behalf of the American Celiac Disease Alliance (ACDA) and Enjoy Life Foods, Mandell said, “On behalf of the children, their parents and caregivers that are currently excluded from receiving program benefits, I strongly urge the USDA to make the necessary changes to the National School Lunch Program to ensure that ALL eligible students can benefit from this important, federally assisted meal program.”

Mandell supported his comments by citing the growing number of children affected by Celiac Disease, food allergies, food intolerances and autism:

Celiac Disease, is the world’s most common genetic auto-immune disease, and is estimated to affect at least 1% of the populationi. At this time, the only known treatment for Celiac Disease is strict adherence to a gluten-free diet for life (gluten is the protein that is found in wheat, barely and rye). Food allergies are estimated to affect 6 to 8% of children and 3 to 4% of adultsii, and diagnoses are on the rise. For the over 12 million Americans with food allergies, symptoms can range from mild (such as gastrointestinal discomfort) to life threatening (due to anaphylactic shock). Another 30 million Americans have food intolerancesiii that cause them to avoid certain foods. And finally, one in 150 children is affected by autismiv which can be effectively managed in some cases by following a diet free of gluten and casein (the protein found in dairy). Carol McCarthy Shilson, Executive Director of the University of Chicago Celiac Disease Center and ACDA member, also provided comments on behalf of Stefano Guandalini, M.D., the Center’s founder and medical director. “It is not right that children with Celiac Disease should be denied a safe meal or given food that is nutritionally inadequate. Surely we cannot expect our children to learn and thrive with such conditions. It is our duty to see that all children are provided with a nutritious and safe meal at school,” Guandalini commented.

Shilson also presented results from a recent survey by the ACDA, which revealed that among 2,229 parents of children with Celiac Disease, only 111 were able to get a gluten-free lunch at school. The others had to pack a lunch or go without, according to the ACDA survey.

About ACDA

The American Celiac Disease Alliance (ACDA) began to take shape in early 2003 when an ad hoc group of 15 leaders in the celiac community came together to help persuade Congress to require food labels to include information about allergens. The group’s efforts were instrumental in the passage of landmark legislation, the Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act. The non-profit organization provides leadership on policy issues affecting the lives of individuals with celiac disease, an inherited autoimmune disorder affecting children and adults. The ACDA is recognized internationally for its role in advocating on behalf of all segments of the celiac community.

About Enjoy Life Foods

Enjoy Life Natural Brands, LLC (d/b/a Enjoy Life Foods, LLC (ELF)) was founded in 2001 with the mission of making great-tasting allergy-friendly foods that most everyone can eat freely. The company launched the Enjoy Life brand in 2002 with a broad product line that is free of the eight most common allergens and gluten-free. To meet the needs of a rapidly growing consumer base, in 2004 the company acquired Perky’s, a line of gluten- and nut-free cereals. Today, ELF offers 29 different Enjoy Life and Perky’s products that are sold in natural food and select grocery stores throughout the United States and Canada. Visit http://www.enjoylifefoods.com and http://www.perkysnaturalfoods.com for store locations and more. In September 2008, Enjoy Life Foods was named for the second consecutive year to Inc. 500 list of the fastest growing privately held businesses in the U.S. For more information, visit http://www.enjoylifenb.com.

i Dr. Stefano Guandalini, University of Chicago Celiac Disease Center

ii FAAN

iii National Institutes of Health

iv Autism Society of America







Talisman Programs for Children with Special Needs Launches Webinar Series to Help Parents Keep Kids Safe Online

Zirconia, NC (PRWEB) February 8, 2009

One of the nation’s leading providers of educational opportunities for special-needs students is launching a series of interactive online seminars to help parents navigate the murky waters of Internet social networking sites.

The first of these online webinars, “Facebook, My Space, My Child, Oh My,” is set for Wednesday, Feb. 25, at 7 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. Enrollment is limited to 25 participants per session, and registration is already underway.

The webinar series is sponsored by Talisman Programs, which provides summer camp and semester-length programs for young people (ages 8 to 21) who have learning disabilities, Attention Deficit Disorder/Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Asperger’s Syndrome, and high-functioning autism.

According to Aaron McGinley, who is leading Talisman’s online outreach effort, the Internet forums will explain how social networking sites work, and will provide parents with insights into the risks and benefits of popular sites such as Facebook and MySpace. They will also allow parents to ask questions and discuss issues related to raising special-needs children in an increasingly networked world.

“A lot of parents have been calling us with two questions about their kids and the Internet,” McGinley said. “They want to know how they can keep their kids safe online, and they also want to learn how to make online social networking a positive experience for their children. These webinars will help answer both of those questions.”

MAXIMIZING SAFETY, MINIMIZING RISKS

For many young people with ADHD, Asperger’s, and related conditions, social networking sites can present both a world of possibilities and a range of potential problems. The Talisman webinars, McGinley said, are designed to help parents maximize the potential of the online world while minimizing the risks that their children may encounter there.

“A lot of our students struggle with skills such as reading social cues and interpreting nonverbal body language, so it’s natural for them to be attracted to some of these online social networking sites,” McGinley said. “It can be a bit easier for them to communicate online, and also it’s a big part of mainstream youth culture. It’s something that almost every kid is doing these days.”

But the enticements and opportunities that are offered by the online world are accompanied by many of the same challenges that special-needs children face in many of their daily interactions. “Our kids typically have trouble understanding social rules,” McGinley said. “Well, there are a separate set of social rules on the Internet, and failing to understand them can lead to some serious problems.”

For example, McGinley noted, children who are prone to taking risks and making poor choices about who they associate with offline are apt to behave in a similar fashion online. But because users are often unable to control or remove images or information once they have uploaded it, the consequences of posting an embarrassing photo or sending an inappropriate message can be exponentially worse than making a social mistake in a real-world environment.

ABOUT THE WEBINARS

The first Talisman webinar will focus on the following five topics:

MBNA Offers Special Halifax Credit Card Transfer

(PRWEB) February 16, 2010

MBNA Ireland Credit Cards is offering all Halifax customers 0% APR for 10 months on balance transfers, for anyone who will have to switch from their current Halifax credit card. Normally reserved for new customers, existing Halifax customers can benefit from MBNAs 0% APR on balance transfers, money transfers and credit card cheques for 10 months* with a highly competitive rate of 14.9% APR (variable) thereafter and on card purchases.

Six reasons to balance transfer to the MBNA Platinum credit card

1) Its easy to switch

2) Fantastic rate of 0% APR for 10 months*

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3) Get an instant decision on the application **

4) Total control with an online account management system

5) On-line security and peace of mind with MBNA 3D Secure

6) No annual fee (but there is a Government tax charged per annum for each credit card account)

Orna Henry, Head of Marketing, MBNA Ireland, said: With our outstanding balance transfer offer of 0% APR for 10 months and with a highly competitive rate of 14.9% APR (variable) thereafter and on card purchases, we would like to encourage Halifax customers who are seeking to switch their credit card balance to call us on 1800 32 62 62 or apply on line at http://www.mbna.ie

Once this offer has been taken advantage of, the credit card can be used in over 20 million places around the world. And up to three additional cardholders can be connected to each credit card***.

Applications for the credit card can be made immediately by applying online at http://www.mbna.ie or by calling 1800 32 62 62. Its a simple click or phone call away.

*Please note the promotional rate will be withdrawn from the beginning of any statement period during which the terms and conditions have been breached, for example by paying the monthly payment late or by allowing the balance to go over the agreed credit limit.

**For an instant application decision the opening hours are Monday to Thursday 9am-7pm and Friday 9am-5pm

***Any additional cardholder(s) must reside at the same primary address and have a relationship of close family member (defined as; spouse, child, parent, sibling or domestic partner)

Notes to Editors:

The information contained in MBNA Europe’s press releases is intended solely for journalists and should not be used by consumers to make financial decisions. Any consumer interested in finding out more about any of MBNA Europe’s products should visit http://www.mbna.ie/creditcards/directory.html for full terms and conditions.

About MBNA Europe Bank

MBNA Europe, a wholly owned subsidiary of Bank of America Corporation (NYSE: BAC), is the recognized leader in affinity marketing. MBNA credit cards and related products and services are endorsed by more than 5,000 organisations worldwide. For more information, visit the companys web site at http://www.mbna.co.uk or Bank of Americas site at http://www.bankofamerica.com.

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Former Special Agent Leads Insider’s Guide to Careers in Federal Law Enforcement

San Jose, CA (PRWEB) May 26, 2010

This June, Henley-Putnam University will continue its successful “Insider’s Guide” free webinar series with Insider’s Guide to Careers in Federal Law Enforcement, led by Colonel Michael Angley, former U.S. Air Force Special Agent and Senior Military Advisor to Henley-Putnam University.

During the webinar on June 3, Col. Angley will provide an overview of the law enforcement community; what it means to be a federal agent; a breakdown of agencies and career options within the field; significant changes to law enforcement following the attacks of September 11, 2001; essential qualifications and skills required by each agency; the best educational and degree options available; and benefits and tuition reimbursement available per the Post-9/11 GI Bill.

Insider’s Guide to Careers in Federal Law Enforcement will take place Thursday, June 3, at 2:00 PM EDT (11:00 AM PDT). Those interested in participating in the webinar should register at https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/764452499. The webinar is open to the public and completely free of charge.

The webinar series, launched in 2009, was designed to bring the hands-on experience of former members of the CIA, Secret Service, FBI, and intelligence and federal law enforcement community to those seeking careers in Strategic Security. Registration information for upcoming webinars is available on Henley-Putnam’s website at http://www.henley-putnam.edu/594-238.htm.

The series is one of many career resources offered by Henley-Putnam University. The university’s mentoring program assigns degree students with a high-level faculty or expert mentor to support them in making career decisions. In addition, through its online career portal, Henley-Putnam helps students research careers, explore university programs, prepare for a job search, locate employers and gain basic knowledge of the Strategic Security field.

For more information on Henley-Putnam University’s Strategic Security certificate and degree programs, please call admissions at 888.852.8746 or visit http://www.Henley-Putnam.edu.

ABOUT COLONEL MICHAEL ANGLEY

Colonel Michael Angley is Senior Military Advisor to Henley-Putnam University. He is a retired U.S. Air Force Colonel and a retired career Air Force Office of Special Investigations (OSI) Special Agent. He has over 25 years experience conducting counterintelligence and counterterrorism operations around the world and in the United States. Colonel Angley is a seasoned criminal investigator as well, holding five command assignments throughout his career. When he retired in 2007, he was one of OSI’s senior-most Special Agents in command of OSI Region 8, Air Force Space Command. Colonel Angley is also the award-winning author of the Child Finder Trilogy (http://www.childfinder.us), a mystery/thriller series featuring an Air Force OSI Special Agent protagonist.

ABOUT HENLEY-PUTNAM UNIVERSITY

Founded in August 2001, Henley-Putnam University is a leading educational institution specializing in the field of Strategic Security. The University offers accredited online Bachelor and Master of Science Degrees in Intelligence Management, Terrorism and Counterterrorism Studies, and the Management of Personal Protection; a Doctoral Degree in Strategic Security; and several certificate programs. Henley-Putnam prepares law enforcement, military, intelligence, and private industry professionals with the networks, skills, and insights to advance in their careers and protect the future. Henley-Putnam University, which is committed to building a student and alumni network that will serve its community, is an accredited member of DETC (http://www.detc.org) and offers 125 courses taught by hands-on faculty members from all branches of the military and law enforcement fields, including the FBI, CIA, DoD, DIA and Secret Service. For more information, visit the Henley-Putnam University website (http://www.Henley-Putnam.edu), or call 888.852.8746.

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Operation Lookout Sends Out a Special Thanks for Car Donations


Everett, WA (PRWEB) July 13, 2011

Michael Gibson, President of Operation Lookout, co-founded the organization over 25 years ago to help raise awareness about missing and exploited children. Gibson says, Finding funding for these vital programs has become increasingly difficult. To help us meet our fundraising goals, we recently partnered with Kars-R-Us, a Professional Fundraiser that specializes in car donation programs. In just the first few months weve received checks for over $ 5000! Wed like to send out a special Thanks to all those that donated a car in 2011 to help support our programs.

Operation Lookout is active in educating parents and children about the dangers of pedophiles, sexual predators, molesters and abductors that are looking to connect with children personally and online. Not With MY Child! You Dont! is an anti-predator call to action sponsored by the organization. Operation Lookout is also active in helping search for and locate missing children, and maintains an online directory of missing children on their website at http://www.operationlookout.org.

Operation Lookout makes The Lookout Magazine available online, with information about The National Missing and Unidentified Persons System, the National Sex Offender Registry Act, and articles of interest to parents, researchers, and anyone concerned about the protection of children.

Gibson says, Operation Lookout depends on the financial support of the communities we serve. In todays economic environment, donating an unused or unwanted car is an easy way for the public to help us continue to provide these vital services.

Michael Irwin, President of Kars-R-Us, says, Donating a car is an easy way to support Operation Lookout. Were here to make the donation experience as easy as possible, while insuring Operation Lookout gets the highest possible return from each donation.

Lisa Frank, Vice President of Kars-R-Us and Operations Manager, says: Using a network of local transport companies, were able to pick up cars just about anywhere in the country! Part of my job is to insure that every donor gets a response within 24 business hours. If the donor needs to have the car moved right away, sometimes we can pick up their donated vehicle within a few hours.

According to Gibson: Were very happy with the results weve seen so far, and look forward to sending out many more Thanks! in the future!

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Pandora Corp. Announces Promotional Free Giveaway of PC Pandora Monitoring Software during CBS 48-Hours Mystery Special on Cyberbullying


Las Vegas, NV (PRWEB) September 16, 2011

Tonight, CBS will air a special episode of its 48 Hours Mystery series that focuses on the national epidemic of cyberbullying. Pandora Corp. co-founder, James Leasure, is urging parents to tune in and take note.

Its time for every parent to stand up and take action against this heinous act, says Leasure. Bullying has always been around. But this is a completely different ballgame, compared to the schoolyard bullying of 20-30 years ago. Today, cyberbullying destroys lives, but it is also preventable.

Pandora Corp. is the maker of PC Pandora computer monitoring software. Like a DVR for your TV, PC Pandora records everything and anything on your PC, allowing parents to see everything their child is doing online. Parents can see screenshots of all activity, plus text-based logs of all Facebook and social network posts and chats, instant messenger conversations, websites visited and much more. Whatever a child does on the computer, good or bad, PC Pandora will show their parents everything. Leasure says having this knowledge and monitoring Internet activity is essential in the fight against cyberbullying.

Cyberbullying thrives on anonymity, Leasure states. Bullies are able to torment their victims behind a cloak of anonymity both online and inside their own home. Cyberbullying will simply never stop until the parents of the bullies know what their children are doing online, and care enough to step in and stop it. As states revisit their laws and make amendments, there will be more legal repercussions if parents continue to ignore the epidemic.

Cyberbullying has made state legislators, school districts and even the federal government take notice. According to cyberbullying.org, 46 states have anti-bullying laws on the books; 34 of them have been updated to include electronic harassment. In addition, 44 states require schools to have specific policies for bullying.

Parents should know what laws are there to help them, in the event their child becomes a victim, Leasure explains. On the other hand, parents need to be proactive and make sure their child is not an aggressor in any way. Schools are updating policies, and legislators are updating and adding new laws that can make something your child thinks is just a joke into an incident that can remain with them for years. No one needs that just like no one needs bullying.

To coincide with the CBS 48-Hours Mystery special on cyberbullying, Pandora Corp. is making their PC Pandora computer monitoring software available for free, during airtime only (check your local listings).

Were going to do a special promotional giveaway for parents who are ready to stand up and end cyberbullying now, states Leasure. You can get PC Pandora for free; just go to our website while the special is airing, and enter the code 48HOURS at check-out. Youll get a fantastic tool that every parent should be using to keep their kids safe online and out of the path of cyberbullying.

Users can also sign up for the PC Pandora LIVE! service. The subscription-based add-on feature allows parents to check recorded activity and make changes to parental controls on the monitored computer, all through a secure log-in website. Leasure says this service is a must for working parents and parents who are monitoring more than one machine, as records from all machines can be checked from one PC Pandora LIVE! account.

It is essential for all parents to monitor their childrens activity and behavior on the Internet, just as they would in real life, in order to help put an end to cyberbullying. Fortunately, tools like PC Pandora make it easy. For more information on PC Pandora, visit the website at http://pcpandora.com and like the PC Pandora Facebook page!

About PC Pandora: Pandora Corporation was formed with one goal to help our customers monitor, control and protect their families and themselves online. First released in mid 2005, PC Pandora monitoring software has been constantly upgraded to industry-leading specifications and has received accolades from users, reviewers and even school districts and law enforcement agencies, who use the program to help in the day-to-day supervision of the children and citizens they are charged with protecting. The company website devotes space to helping parents by providing them with 18 Tips to Safe Surfing and Pandoras Blog, where current news in the world of online safety is discussed regularly. In addition, the Pandora Corp. has made the PD Pandora Internet Safety Symposium available to schools and law enforcement as a free resource for spreading internet safety awareness to parents. Over the past few years, PC Pandora has vaulted into a leadership position for parental control software by boasting a combination of features that are unparalleled in the monitoring industry. In 2010, Version 6.0 was released, again widening the spectrum of coverage and protection offered by the program. Concurrently released with 6.0, the web-based PC Pandora LIVE! service affords parents the ability to keep their kids safe from anywhere at anytime. PC Pandora computer monitoring software is also now available through the Pandora Corp. store at Amazon.com and on and on Facebook!

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Special NCPW Update: Identity Theft 911 Offers 9 Practical Tips to Safeguard Identity Assets


Scottsdale, Ariz. (PRWEB) March 05, 2012

At one time, personally identifiable information, or PII, was simply a Social Security number, birth date and mother’s maiden name. But recent hacks, breaches and cyber attacks at some of the world’s largest corporations have changed the definition of a person’s identity assets to include email addresses, passwords and PINs. Additionally, consumers are giving an ever-increasing amount of confidential information consumers to a wider and wider variety of companies, government entities, organizations, and individuals.

For the 12th year in a row, identity theft accounted for the top consumer complaint according to the Federal Trade Commission Consumer Sentinel Report. As the volume of private information grows and evolves, consumers need to take a fresh look at how to protect privacy and avoid identity theft, fraud and scams. Identity Theft 911, the nations premier identity management and data risk management services provider, is more than happy to participate in the Federal Trade Commissions 14th annual National Consumer Protection Week (NCPW) by providing the following 9 practical tips to safeguard identity assets.

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ERASE Racism Hosts Special Celebration to Launch its Second Decade


(PRWEB) April 24, 2012

This years Abraham Krasnoff Courage and Commitment Award honorees exemplify the lasting impact of extraordinary individuals who have devoted their lives to promoting racial equity by addressing institutional and structural racism, says Elaine Gross, President of ERASE Racism, adding, Our Corporate Leadership Award honoree proves that corporations can play a critical role in increasing racial equity. I couldnt think of three honorees more worthy of launching ERASE Racisms second decade of eliminating racial disparities on Long Island.

Among its many achievements over the past 10 years, ERASE Racisms most recent accomplishments include the release of its documentary A TALE OF TWO SCHOOLS: Race and Education on Long Island and a new housing survey report that dispels myths about the causes of segregation, Housing and Neighborhood Preferences of African Americans on Long Island.

ERASE Racism’s 2012 Benefit Celebration will take place Tuesday, June 12th at the Garden City Hotel, where more than 300 supporters will gather to celebrate the past and build for the future. The Abraham Krasnoff Courage and Commitment Award will be presented to Dr. Roscoe C. Brown, pioneer for racial equity as a Tuskegee Airman and as a renowned educator, and to Ms. Joan R. Saltzman, inspiring leader and community activist for equal access and expanded services. ERASE Racism will also present its Corporate Leadership Award to North Shore-LIJ Health System, a visionary leader for equity and excellence in healthcare. The award will be accepted by Jennifer Mieres, M.D., Senior Vice President, Office of Community and Public Health.

The Tuskegee Airmen are often credited with being pioneers of the civil rights movement. Their heroism led to the integration of the armed forces and opened many doors to black Americans. Dr. Roscoe Brown joined the elite African-American pilots, often referred to as the Red Tail Angels, in 1943. He received the Distinguished Flying Cross with eight Oak Clusters and, more recently, the Congressional Gold Medal. Dr. Brown is one of the airmen whose experiences are featured in the current movie, Red Tails. ERASE Racism will honor Dr. Brown for his historic role as a Tuskegee Airmen and for his life-time commitment to racial justice. He has been an eminent professor of education and academic leader; a widely-respected member of dozens of New York City, state and national boards, including Boys and Girls Clubs of America and the American Council on Education; the author of numerous articles and guides on education and other topics; originator, host and guest on many television programs, such as African-American Legends on CUNY-TV; and the recipient of various honors for his significant scholarly and community contributions, including the Congressional Award for Service to the African-American Community, BET Honors and Whos Who in America.

Ms. Joan Saltzman is the embodiment of inspiring leadership, civic responsibility and generous philanthropy. Her work is best known on Long Island, but her influence has extended to the state level. As an advocate and activist, she has shown rare courage and commitment in working to protect Long Islands and New York States most vulnerable residents, combating discriminatory policies and practices, and strengthening and expanding health and human services. Ms. Saltzman has served as a member of key state and local policy and planning bodies. She was a cofounder of the Long Island Community Foundation, North Shore Child & Family Guidance and the Long Island Fund for Women & Girls (recently renamed the Long Island Fund for Women), and she was the founding president of Community Advocates, a non-profit organization that has been a major catalyst for social and racial justice, affordable housing and housing for homeless individuals and families. ERASE Racism will honor Ms. Saltzman for her life-time commitment to social justice and to helping people in need.

For information on ERASE Racism’s work, visit http://www.eraseracismny.org. For information about the Benefit, please visit the website, call Sherley Cherenfant at 516-921-4863 x17, or email sherley(at)eraseracismny(dot)org.







New Millennium Urges Parents of Children with Special Needs to Carefully Plan for Retirement


Salt Lake City, UT (PRWEB) May 24, 2012

Death is an unpleasant subject to discuss, especially when it comes to financial planning. It is estimated that 58 percent of Americans die without wills, leaving loved ones financially vulnerable. Derek Overstreet, president of New Millennium Insurance Services, Inc., said he now helps families with children with disabilities craft solid plans for retirement because having financial affairs in order is more important than ever, especially when caring for loved ones with special needs.

You must have your finances in order when caring for someone with special needs, Overstreet said. Technology has advanced and people are living longer. Those with special needs are living longer.

According to Overstreet, the average life expectancy for people with Down syndrome has increased from 25 years in 1983 to 60 years today. This statistic helps show why it is critical to protect assets and have a secure retirement plan when caring for someone with special needs. Click here to learn how financial planners like New Millennium can help.

This is the first generation in which parents of special needs children need to plan for their care after they are gone. Special needs children are outliving their parents, Overstreet stressed.

The income planner explained that parents of children with disabilities or other special needs have different concerns when planning for retirement.

A lot of my clients feel as though they have given their children a nice life, and now that they are educated, they want them to earn their own way in the world. They dont want to leave their children an inheritance, Overstreet said. Thats obviously not the case with parents of special needs children.

Overstreet outlined six documents parents of children with special needs should have when planning for retirement:

Lakota Peoples Law Project Released a Special Report on the Richard Mette case, a Non-Indian Foster Care Parent of Indian Girls in South Dakota, Convicted of Child Rape


Santa Cruz, CA (PRWEB) June 04, 2012

The Lakota Peoples Law Project, a non-profit Indian rights organization of the Romero Institute, recently released a Special Report of their four month investigation of the Richard Mette Indian child rape case, and the criminal charges filed against the acting attorney Brandon Taliaferro and child advocate Shirley Schwab. Mr. Mette, a non-Indian foster care parent of Indian girls was convicted May 29th of child rape and was sentenced to 15 years in prison. Attorney Taliaferro, the former assistant state attorney in charge of prosecuting child abuse cases in Brown County, South Dakota, filed charges against Mr. Mette in 2011 (CR 10-11-13; Fifth Circuit Superior Court of South Dakota). To read the full Special Report, please visit: http://lakotalaw.org/special-reports/special-report-justice-as-retaliation/

Attorney Taliaferro and Mrs. Schwab were working to protect Indian children from rape and incest in a state foster care home. Although Mr. Mette has pled guilty and been convicted, the two critics of the foster care parents were indicted by the state for alleged ‘witness tampering’ and ‘subornation of perjury’ in cases State of South Dakota v. Brandon Taliaferro (CR 12-428 and CR 12-431; Aberdeen, South Dakota) and State of South Dakota v. Shirley Schwab (CR 12-427 and CR 12-430; Aberdeen, South Dakota). Attorney Taliaferro and Mrs. Schwab were charged by the state with allegedly disclosing confidential case information and encouraging perjury by two Indian children against Richard Mette and his wife Gwendolyn. The court has scheduled a Status Hearing on June 13, and a jury will ultimately decide whether Taliaferro and Schwab are guilty or not, states Daniel Sheehan, Harvard trained attorney and counsel for the Lakota People’s Law Project.

Attorney Brandon Taliaferro is the former assistant state attorney of Brown County in charge of prosecuting child abuse cases in Brown County, and Mrs. Shirley Schwab is a widely respected court-appointed child advocate for Brown County. The Aberdeen News reported on Dec. 19, 2011, that Attorney Taliaferro asserts that he was simply looking out for the children, trying to hold the Department of Social Services accountable, and refusing to participate in the cover-up of misconduct by the D.S.S.

According to the National Public Radio investigation Native Foster Care: Lost Children, Shattered Families by Laura Sullivan in October 2011, Native American children in the State of South Dakota have been being seized, removed from their Lakota families and Tribe, and placed involuntarily into state foster care facilities by the State of South Dakota. In fact, the Child Welfare League of America reports that Native children constitute from 61% -to-68% of the children seized and placed in out-of-home care in South Dakota over the last ten-years, even though they make up less than 13% of the states total child population. Placing the Lakota children in non-Indian foster care violates the federal Indian Child Welfare Act (authored by former South Dakota United States Senator James Abourezk), which mandates that all necessary active efforts be undertaken by State officials to place such children with their closest Native American family member, so as not to remove these Indian children from their Native American culture.

Research shows that the outcomes for Indian Children in non-Indian foster care homes and institutions are not encouraging. In fact, Judge Thorne of the Utah Supreme Court asserts that, Over 60% of Native children in non-native foster care who age out of the system are homeless, in prison, or dead by age 20. Also, according to Attorney Sheehan, The current system is a failure. Our research shows that the State of South Dakota is the worst violator of the Indian Child Welfare Act in the nation.

To read the full Special Report, please visit: http://lakotalaw.org/special-reports/special-report-justice-as-retaliation/

Since 2006 the Lakota Peoples Law Project has been partnering with the Native American tribes of South Dakota. Through law, public policy, research, and education, LPLP is challenging systemic injustices and working for the renewal of Lakota culture and society. The Lakota Peoples Law Project is sponsored by the non-profit organization the Romero Institute of Santa Cruz, CA. The Romero Institute, named after slain human rights advocate, Archbishop Oscar Romero of El Salvador, seeks to identify and disassemble structural sources of injustice and threats to the survival of our human family.