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Swept Away, Part 3: The Battle for South Dakota's Native Children Begins

The time had come to make a move. For 17 months, Stephen Pevar had been on a quiet but determined mission to end what he saw as the wholesale removal of Indian children from their homes without due process in South Dakota. Since October 2011, he and the legal team working on behalf of tribes in the area had devoted hundreds of hours to researching, consulting with experts and piecing together their facts in a very broad and complex case that was growing larger by the day. In May 2012, Pevar, who is national staff counsel for the American Civil Liberties Union, and Dana Hanna, a Rapid City attorney, even met with a representative from the state to start the discussion about moving toward a state-tribal compact.



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