Posted by on Nov 7, 2012 in Uncategorized

Dr. Phil and his bias toward ICWA

Dr. Phil and his bias toward ICWA

By  :  Evelyn Red Lodge In review, the show’s heavy bias against the Indian Child Welfare Act was readily apparent although more lies just under the surface. Most of the Caucasian guests could be or are part of a coalition to amend the Indian Child Welfare Act to make Native children more adoptable by other races. In the wake of backlash by Native Americans, a hot-button issue was created after talk show host Dr. Phil aired a story on the battle for custody over baby Veronica on the 18th. The lopsided views of many of the guests and audience members in favor of the adoptive parents was depicted best when the two adopted Native boys on the show said after they visited their Indian reservation, they wanted nothing to do with it. People laughed and clapped immediately. The story involved a custody battle over the two-year-old Native American child in which the father won custody in the South Carolina Supreme Court pursuant to the Indian Child Welfare Act in July. Baby...

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Posted by on Oct 19, 2012 in Uncategorized

I Will Die With All the Damage Done to Me as My Legacy

By  :  Evelyn Red Lodge I awake every morning with thoughts that define me. I lie in wait for a better day. As I rise I take a step into the new day, but it is always the same day. It is the day my nightmare began. Every motivation I have is based on this day. My ultimate awakening began the day I turned 50. I realized the wasted time I spent trying to make my adoptive family love me. I awake to the fact that I live each day just to get through it. If I came out alive, then I did and nothing more. Survival is my destination, and I will be glad for that for this day. I was born in 1961. It was the time of the American Indian Adoption Projects and the last vestiges of the horrendous Indian boarding schools. It was one frying pan or the other for me and countless other Indian children as I would find out much later in life. In 1961...

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Posted by on Jun 11, 2012 in Uncategorized

Dollars for Indian children and the Cost to kill an Indian

By: Evelyn Red Lodge Since the excellent year-long investigation from the mainstream media publication by National Public Radio (http://www.npr.org/2011/10/25/141662357/incentives-and-cultural-bias-fuel-foster-system) on the Indian Child Welfare Act- I have to believe Indian children still face a “one frying pan or the other” situation. I have had many Lakota friends tell me how hard it was to grow up Indian on their respective Indian reservations. Many cite reservation alcoholic parents or caretakers or poverty as primary hardships for them. But, did they still have people around them who looked like them? What of those of us who were adopted out to non-Indian families and mostly far from our respective reservations? The answer is likely no we did not have people around us who looked like us. Did we as adoptees even have one Native song to carry us closer to Creator? Most times, no. Did we as adoptees far from our relatives have anything that brought us closer to our relatives (family, ancestors, traditions, prayers)? The answer is likely, no. Were many...

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Posted by on May 25, 2012 in Uncategorized

Rapid City Regional Hospital Statement Regarding Rally

By  :  Evelyn Red Lodge *In recent weeks, RCRH has been under tremendous fire. In the interest of fairness, Lastrealindians is publishing their statement. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Regional Health PR Marketing Department (605) 719-5630 [5/21/12] Rapid City Regional Hospital Statement Regarding Rally Statement per Tim Sughrue, CEO Rapid City Regional Hospital, CEO Regional Health Network, COO Regional Health: This afternoon a meeting took place at Rapid City Regional Hospital. Hospital representatives, including Tim Sughrue, CEO of RCRH, met with the leaders of the rally. We believe the meeting provided an opportunity to learn more about each other’s perspectives. Rapid City Regional Hospital is an organization of people who have dedicated our lives to healing others. We are deeply committed to providing excellent care to everyone, regardless of race. No one at RCRH would stand by idly and allow abuse to occur in this hospital. We proactively seek feedback from patients and we listen to their concerns. Upon admission, patients are provided a document outlining their rights and who to call if...

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Posted by on May 23, 2012 in Uncategorized

Justice for Vern’ They Shouted for Miles

Story and photo by Evelyn Red Lodge Rapid City, South Dakota — They gathered 1,500 strong in support of blind Lakota elder, Vernon Traversie, who claims he was a victim of a healthcare hate crime. Native trills and drums could be heard from a mile away, and “justice for Vern” was shouted as the crowd took to the streets in protest of Rapid City Regional Hospital. At least 300 of those made the protest march from the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center to RCRH — where Traversie explains in his YouTube video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MxrYQ0mFFQs) how he came to have three Ks embedded in his flesh after surgery. Traversie told Last Real Indians last month that was not the only mistreatment he endured. He said, “I had a male nurse come over and tell me to shut my f****** mouth, because I asked for pain medication after my surgery.” He then related, “I felt scared and humiliated. I couldn’t even move my arms. I felt helpless.” Among the 1,500 that gathered at...

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