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.
Nearly 700 Native American children in South Dakota are being removed from their homes every year, sometimes in questionable circumstances.
October 25, 2011 In South Dakota, Native American grandparents like Janice Howe are fighting to bring home their grandchildren who are caught up in a foster care system that is placing them with white families off the reservation.
February 6, 2013 Eight tribes have delivered a report to Congress saying South Dakota is willfully ignoring a federal law meant to protect Native American children. Several lawmakers are demanding action. The Bureau of Indian Affairs on Wednesday agreed to convene a summit meeting of key players, and says it will urge state officials to respond.