Derrin Yellow Robe, 3, stands in his great-grandparents' backyard on the Crow Creek Reservation in South Dakota. He was taken off the reservation by South Dakota's Department of Social Services in July 2009 and spent a year and a half in foster care before being returned to his family. John Poole/NPR hide caption

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South Dakota Tribes Accuse State Of Violating Indian Welfare Act

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Tribal Coalition Report Finds South Dakota 'Willfully' Violated Child Welfare Law

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Mexico Votes On Presidential Election

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50 Years Later, Mystery Of Alcatraz Escape Endures

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Sometimes referred to as "The Rock," Alcatraz Island on San Francisco Bay in California served as a lighthouse, then a military fortification, and then a federal prison until 1972, when it became a national recreation area. Now the island is open to tours. Gabriel Bouys/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Return To Alcatraz: Will A Legend End After 50 Years?

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Unlikely Advocates For Teen Killers: Victims' Families

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The Karnes County Civil Detention Center in Texas has outdoor spaces and other features meant to make immigrant detention less like prison. It will house mostly low-risk, nonviolent offenders. Laura Sullivan/NPR hide caption

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Trying To Make Immigrant Detention Less Like Prison

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The high-profile case of Troy Davis sparked national debate on the death penalty. Richard Dieter, executive director of the Death Penalty Information Center, says there's growing discontent among Americans about capital punishment. David Tulis/AP hide caption

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Death Sentences Drop To Historic Lows In 2011

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Nicaragua, Guatemala: '80s Rebels Seek Leadership

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When Dwayne Stenstrom was 8 years old a state worker told him that he and his brother were going to a special camp for the summer. Instead, he spent 12 years in foster care.

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Native Survivors Of Foster Care Return Home

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Children at the Black Hills campus of the Children's Home Society head into the main building for lunch. The home caters to children with special needs, many of whom are Native American.

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Tribes Question Foster Group's Power And Influence

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Derrin Yellow Robe, 3, stands in his great-grandparents' backyard on the Crow Creek Reservation in South Dakota. Along with his twin sister and two older sisters, he was taken off the reservation by South Dakota's Department of Social Services in July 2009 and spent a year and a half in foster care before being returned to his family.

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Native Foster Care: Lost Children, Shattered Families

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Janice Howe fought the state of South Dakota for a year and a half to bring her grandchildren back home after they were placed in foster care.

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U.S. Envoy Blasts Afghan Leader's Comments

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NATO Says Strike May Have Killed Libyan Civilians

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