I do my best to deliver factual information. The "Documents" pages are there for you to look and see for yourself. An innocent man is in prison for crimes committed by the corrupt, who run the reservation the way a criminal organization would run a city if they had all levels of government supporting and protecting them.
There are many more Good People in Spirit Lake than there are corrupt, evil people there. It is the system that is corrupt, evil and I expose here all that I can.
I can be reached at this email: Contact Cat . I respond to most of my emails, however, I reserve the right to not rspond to whack jobs. I keep all information confidential. For those who wish to attack, you'll either be ignored, or, if you are really clever, you'll end up on the Moron Squad page. Some insults are more entertaining than others. I share with the class.
For those interested: The 13th Mandated Report is out. No government Agency has yet to properly reply to any of them.
*December 9, 2013
What Does The Law Say? ---Printer Version (6)
The Law says that people who work for the government or any institution in any capacity that has contact with children, must report any suspected child abuse or sexual assault on a child—or they can be fined or sent to prison. They are “Mandated Reporters”.
The law also says that the reports have to be followed up on by contacting the person who made the report and investigating the incidents and reporting their findings.
That means, whomever receives the reports, law enforcement, or the superiors to the person making the mandated reports, must, by law, follow through, expediently.
Not only has that not been done, quite the opposite has been done. In fact, George Sheldon violated the law by not just ignoring the reports that came in, but by forbidding Thomas Sullivan from filing any further mandated reports in his capacity as Director of ACF, Region VIII. He instructed Mr. Sullivan, if he received information of a child rape, or children living in homes of sexual offenders to “Dial 911.”
Mr. Sullivan’s reports included the fact that the BIA and the USAG had refused to follow up on the reports. This was clear because those reports had been addressed to the BIA and to the USAG Timothy Purdon, and there had been no response from either of them except from Mr. Purdon who did not respond directly, but chose to say in an interview with a newspaper that Mr. Sullivan’s Mandated Reports were mostly false information.
Mr. Sheldon directed Mr. Sullivan to phone the BIA and the USAG with any information he had, but he is not allowed to use official letterhead so the reports are not official, just ‘personal opinions’, and as such, they can be ignored by both of those agencies.
A reminder: Mr. Sheldon, as Director of Florida’s DCF, had the highest mortality rate of children in the nation, more than half, in 2009, just prior to his rise to the position of Assistant Undersecretary of ACF.
See how politics works? More than half the children killed in 50 states come from your state, and you get promoted to carry those same policies to the entire nation. And then you get to prevent anyone that makes Mandated Reports that might be stepping on the toes of your political allies, from doing their job.
Mr. Sheldon is presently running, after abruptly resigning from his post as Assistant Undersecretary, to run for Florida’s Attorney General. Just think of the investigations into crimes against children that he will be able to prevent from ever beginning once he is in that position.
*The Song And Dance
Monday, (tomorrow, if you got the early edition) Senator Heitkamp’s Song and Dance Show begins: (Correction: Heitkamp didn’t call this meeting, Eric Holder did. So we wait for her dance to begin)
Attorney General’s Advisory Committee on American Indian/Alaska Native Children Exposed to Violence Hearing #1: December 9, 2013 - Bismarck, North Dakota Theme: American Indian Children Exposed to Violence in the Home Bismarck Ramkota Best Western - Lamborn Room
The link is here for the full agenda.
It goes from 8:30AM to 6:00 PM with the only input by the public, “oral testimony” by those who have jumped through the hoops and submitted their request to speak early enough, and who may or may not be allowed to speak, only during the very last half-hour.
You know, after all of those ‘important people’ have done their song and dance, not mentioning child rape and the abuses of the BIA and the lack of response by the USAG even once; and after each invited guest has thanked and praised the other guests profusely, unable to claim even one child on Spirit Lake has been rescued after more than 2 years of Mandated Reports; and After Heidi talks about how ground-breaking her study is going to be…
After all of that, and of course, those who should be listening to the public testimony will have already started to leave because they really don’t want to hear it anyway. They have ‘important’ business elsewhere to attend to… and besides, if it is anything like the farce put on by Tim Purdon last time on the rez, there is no intention by anyone sitting on that dais, to do anything about anything except put more money into the hands of the corrupt who are the cause of the abuses in the first place.
They have no intention of rectifying the corruption, or of rescuing any of the children KNOWN to be in the hands of registered sex offenders.
So, the “Important people” will have left by the time those who actually live or work on the rez have anything to say.
Betty Jo Krenz plans to speak. She will show up and she will sit through the entire thing, not knowing until the very end if they will even allow her to speak. Nothing she has to say is considered relevant to anyone at that hearing.
But, Heitkamp did get a couple of million dollars to do her study, so I guess we get to see the dance.
Personally, I’d be amazed if a single one of them, Ms. Heitkamp included, had the balls to stick around and hear what Betty Jo Krenz has to say. They’ve done everything in their power to ignore her up until now.
Remember: Baby Laurynn would be alive today had either the BIA or Tim Purdon bothered to act on the Mandated Reports according to the law.
One of the highlights of the event will be a video of Eric Holder praising Timothy Purdon for his great work in Indian Country. Holder knows better. He knows there are 50+ child rapes reported on that rez every year and Purdon has not brought one to trial until two weeks ago. He has the worst stats of any USAG, and that in Political Land is grounds for High Praise and the promise of greater things to come in the Future.
It worked for George Sheldon. He went from Florida DCF Director straight to the Assistant Undersecretary of ACF up in Washington, DC by stepping over the dead bodies of children in the worst record in the nation. He now has the full support of the Democratic Party in his bid to become Florida Attorney General.
There is no down side to letting children be raped, abused, murdered. There is only political success. There is no upside to demanding these children be treated, according to the law, and kept safe. Only more harassment, ridicule, threats, intimidation, and being called a liar.
But we can’t be silent. Even if they walk out and don’t want to listen, we must do all we can, individually and collectively, to rectify this horrifically corrupt, inept, politically bound up system.
Children are being raped, and politicians are giving speeches about how much good work they are doing. They just can’t point to a single case where they have arrested a sex offender for the rape of the children, put into their hands by Tribal Social Services, and left there by the BIA, IHS, ACF and Timothy Purdon.
They’ll talk about paperwork, and funding, and training… but they won’t mention child rape or rescue.
The most important and true thing you will hear at that hearing on Monday will be spoken by Betty Jo Krenz and a handful of others. But those who should be hearing it, and answering for it, will have already left the building.
You contact them. You remind them. You tell them what they missed.
They can bring in their Indian Spiritual Leaders, smudge and do the Indian Prayers all they want. It doesn’t make them anything more than paid lackeys of a corrupt system if they refuse to listen, and refuse to act.
It’s just theatrics. Our tax dollars pay for it. They intend to change nothing for any single child.
Imagine being that child who has reported being raped, and being told that there will be a 3-year study to see what can be done about that.
There are laws already in place. Good ones. Make those responsible act according to those laws. Make them do their jobs.
I am including a letter sent out by Elizabeth Morris on her blog, CAICW. She is another person, battling the monster of child abuse on in Indian Country, and up against the same corrupt system, courts and spineless politicians.
This can’t be done by her, or me, or Betty Jo, or any of us. It has to be done by all of us. We all have to get involved and we all have to push our elected officials to do their jobs, and to call for investigations into the corruption, missing millions of dollars, that disappear into the BIA and the USAG’s unwillingness to rescue a single child from registered sex offenders on the Spirit Lake Rez.
We all must get involved. Call, phone, fax, email, or stand out in front of their offices with signs… do something. Those kids being raped, abused and beaten can’t fight this system. We have to all fight for them.
There are good, courageous, decent people in Spirit Lake Nation and they need all of us to fight with them and for the cause of justice for the children.
This isn’t a matter of sovereignty. The guidelines put out by the BIA and the IHS clearly state that felonies are the jurisdiction of the Federal Courts, not the tribal courts. Child rape is clearly a felony.
Further, by the Federal government abdicating their responsibility and giving over to Tribal Court higher authority, despite the requirements for being a Tribal Judge are minimal education “High School Diploma or GED” and that they are appointed at the pleasure of the Tribal Chairman, and can be fired on the spot at the whim of the Tribal Chairman, one cannot expect either justice nor fair play in any Tribal Courtroom, especially where the victim has to go up against the family member of the Tribal Chairman or one of his/her political allies.
And, to add to this farce, SLN has just made it a policy that anyone wishing to pursue a case in tribal court, whether it is for any violence committed against them, or some minor infraction, the victim must be the one to serve notice in person, on their abuser, rapist, or thief. “To save money.” Yeah, right.
I guess the BIA Cops are too busy ignoring child rape, to find the time in their busy schedules to serve summonses. Make the victims do it. Awesome.
See The Evil
Elizabeth Fadden, much more charitable in her view of the corrupt than am I. She thinks the USAG, the BIA and the rest of them are not Evil, just that the problem is so huge they don’t think they can do anything about it.
I say they are evil. They are deliberately attacking those who are trying to rectify these horrors. They may not ‘be evil’ but they are putting all their effort into protecting the worst evils on the planet: The rape of children, the trafficking of children, the murder of children.
In fact, they refuse to act because they are beholden to those who are committing this evil. They are politically tied or hogtied to them and they went there intentionally, because they wanted to rise through the ranks.
They were rewarded for protecting evil. They hope to reap greater rewards for protecting evil. They heap false praise on one another, in that political massage parlor of public events.
We are not beholden to the evil. We are not tied to the political sewer. We can make demands and we can be heard.
If you doubt that, think on this: The only reason they are having these ‘hearings’ is because our numbers have grown and we are forcing them to acknowledge a problem they pretend is not theirs to fix.
These hearings are just a sideways dance, but we have forced them out of their comfort zone. We have forced them to pretend they are doing something. Last year, they were sure this would all go away. Last year they reprimanded Dr. Tilus and rescinded his promotion, reprimanded him… harassed him… and then, because we were all seeing it, speaking out on it, they were forced to rescind their reprimand, and to give him his promotion and transfer.
They thought this would go away.
It won’t. We can’t let it. Our future, in the lives of those broken children, is at stake.
You know where to find me.
After Note: A reader sent me the online read of a piece in the Bismarck Tribune by Lloyd Omdahl, political Scientist and former ND Lieutenant Governor.
It’s a good read. But you see, even he only focuses on the need for more money, and not a word about corruption that has paralyzed the community for decades. Yes, it will take more money. But until the corruption is addressed, head on, and that requires taking on everyone in the political spheres that have enabled, supported and participated in the corruption that is now costing children their innocence, their future, their health and their lives--- until that is addressed, we will only be pouring more tax dollars into an ever widening black hole of corruption that sees no consequences, only greater profits, from the most sickening, evil we as Humans can allow to be done our children.
Everyone is afraid to address or even speak the word “Corruption”, or even hint that there are real crimes being committed. Everyone wants to sanitize this to where it is a paperwork problem, a training problem, and a money problem.
It’s a crime. The sooner we come to grips with that, the sooner we call it by what it is, the sooner it can begin to be fixed and the community can begin to heal. The sooner we can all begin to heal.
The Good People of Spirit Lake who are struggling against all of this corruption, evil and the Human Wreckage created by political ballet dancing around the facts without ever touching them, the Good People deserve to speak the truth and to have the truth told without all the shine, polish and talk that has been expended on this massive stinking turd.
It's like trying to rid ourselves of organized crime by first giving more money to the Mafia.
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Are They Listening? Will They Hear?
Below is the information to inform you about the meeting the US Dept Of Justice is holding with regards to violence in the home, violence on Native American Children.
At the bottom, I will put the link where you can sign up to attend, and to submit a written statement of your own.
Typically, in the dead of winter here, this event is being held at a distance and at a time that is going to be difficult for those most affected by the issues they are discussing, to attend.
Further, it comes out, not in the front page of any media nor on the local TV Stations, AFTER it is too late for you to sign up to give a spoken statement to the assembled.
They do this because they don’t want those most affected to actually show up. They do this because they want it to be mostly a dance of the political sort where terms are tossed around amongst the suits and pearls, mostly those who already know each other, and it can then be said “They tried”.
My advice? Go. Go and take as many people as you can with you. Show up and make them actually look at your Indian Faces. Non-Indians who have been following this should also show up and make it known to those on the dais that YOU also are watching and listening and are VERY interested in exactly what their plan is for the interim between this event and October 2014 when they plan to tell us all what they conclude on it.
What, in the meantime, are these children who are forced to live with pedophiles, abusers and registered sex offenders, supposed to do? Ask them if they have any sense of ‘urgency’ over the epidemic of child rape, abuse and corruption involved at every level from Tribal Social Services on up to the Governor’s Office and throughout the BIA and HHS, IHS, and the USAG Office in ND. Ask them if they have any sense of urgency about any of this.
Ask Heidi Heitkamp why she has not discussed any of the Mandated Reports issued by Thomas Sullivan, with Mr. Sullivan. Ask WHY ALL 13 of the Mandated Reports have been ignored. You can confirm they have been ignored because none of the protocols for follow-up/investigation have been followed. Ask, why not?
Ask them why this was not publicized more widely and more timely.
Go. Have good manners. Make this work for you.
Take notes. Take pictures. Tell me what you learn.
Link to the FORM: http://jotform.us/form/33186057151148
U.S. Department of Justice officials will meet in Bismarck to hold a public hearing on the impact of being exposed to violence on Native American children.
The Advisory Committee of the Attorney General's Task Force on American Indian and Alaska Native Children Exposed to Violence will hold its first meeting at 8:15 a.m. Monday at the Best Western Ramkota Hotel, 800 S.Third St.
Attorney General Eric Holder announced in November the formation of a task force to deal with the issues facing Native American children exposed to violence. The task force is made up of a federal working group — which includes officials with the Department of Justice, the Department of Interior, and the Department of Health and Human Services — and an advisory committee of experts in the field.
The advisory committee is chaired by former Sen. Byron Dorgan, D-N.D., and Joanne Shenandoah, Iroquois, composer and musical artist. Other members of the advisory committee include practitioners, child and family advocates, academic experts, and licensed clinicians.
The advisory committee plans to submit a report to the attorney general by Oct. 31, 2014.
The Monday hearing in Bismarck is one of four such hearings planned for the advisory committee. Others will be in Phoenix, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and Anchorage, Alaska. The theme of the Bismarck hearing is “American Indian Children Exposed to Violence in the Home.”
The topics to be discussed include domestic violence, sexual abuse and programs for children exposed to violence in the home. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., is slated to speak during introductions.
The hearings are open to the public. While the deadline has passed to request providing oral testimony to the committee, written testimony on the topic still can be submitted at http://jotform.us/form/33186057151148. Public testimony is scheduled to begin at 4:15 p.m.
You know where to find me.
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Stopping The Investigations
I may have jumped the gun on Eric Holder and Virginia Seitz yesterday. I am dyslexic and can reverse words and their placements and miss entire words all together. It’s happened before.
The word I was missing (and there were a few) was “Guidelines”. I’ve attached the memo so you can see for yourself what it was about. The pertinent parts highlighted. In brief:
“…As currently drafted, the Guidelines indicate that the VCAA's reporting obligation falls only on covered professionals who work "on federal land or in a federally operated (or contracted) facility in which children are cared for or reside." (Emphasis added.) The Guidelines further suggest that covered professionals need only report "child abuse on federal lands or in federally operated (or contract) facilities." (Emphasis added.) We recommended to OJP that it delete the italicized phrases from the Guidelines. These minor amendments would harmonize the Guidelines with our reading of the statute…”
And that means the guidelines (not the ‘law’ as I erroneously stated in the previous blog posting) would read:
“…As currently drafted, the Guidelines indicate that the VCAA's reporting obligation falls only on covered professionals who work "on federal land or in a federally operated (or contracted) facility
in which children are cared for or reside." (Emphasis added.) The Guidelines further suggest that covered professionals need only report "child abuse on federal lands or in federally operated (or contract) facilities." (Emphasis added.) We recommended to OJP that it delete the italicized phrases from the Guidelines. These minor amendments would harmonize the Guidelines with our reading of the statute…”
Get that? “Professionals who work on federal land or in a federally operated (or contracted) facility need only report child abuse.” It doesn’t matter if the abuse happened or was reported on Federal jurisdiction or not. If they are a Federal employee, they are mandated to report.
Now, that came out April 3, 2012. Fast Forward to George Sheldon’s trio of letters sent out April 13, 2013. In the letter to Thomas Sullivan, he forbids him from making official reports, calling his reports, all of which are based on provable facts, his ‘opinion’ and that ‘his opinion’ is not the opinion of the ACF.
“…This is particularly troubling because, after evaluating your reports, the Department does not share your views that the Bureau of lndian Affairs or the United States Attorney's Office have been derelict in their duties.”
This despite the evidence that both the BIA and the USAG in the person of Timothy Purdon, have failed to investigate a single reported incident of child rape in those mandated reports. That in fact, the BIA instead of arresting the 38-yr old rapist who raped a girl a few days after she turned 13, they incarcerated the 13-yr old girl and the rapist was never investigated. (He claimed to be her victim) “She wanted it.”
If that sounds like the BIA is doing their job, please, please tell me what planet you live on. Further, Timothy Purdon, without investigating a single case reported in those 13 Mandated reports, publicly stated that Thomas Sullivan’s reports were full of lies.
So, I would say that declaring the BIA and the USAG as derelict in their duties was provably accurate.
Further, in that same letter from Mr. Sheldon to Mr. Sullivan, Sheldon forbids him from doing his job in any official capacity:
“While you remain free to make statements or express your views on such matters in your personal capacity, you should make clear to the recipient or audience that your statement, report, or communication is being made solely in your personal capacity and not in your role as Regional Director or as a representative or spokesperson for ACF or the Department. Likewise, you should not use Agency letterhead or Agency communications systems (e.g., Agency e-mail, phones, faxes, etc.) to communicate your personal views.”
Get that? Reports based on facts, supported by the facts are considered ‘personal opinion’ and Mr. Sullivan is not allowed to make reports referring to those aspects as either direct or contributing factors, using any of the official letterhead. In other words: “Shut Up” and “Don’t do your job.”
And, if Mr. Sullivan does hear of a child in danger, he is to …
“We share your concern for the children at the Spirit Lake Reservation. We understand that the BIA Law Enforcement, Ft. Totten, has established a 24-hour hotline for crime reporting at 701- 766-4231. We·also understand that the BIA Social Services, Ft., Totten, is available during normalbusinesshoursat701-766-2100. We encourage you to report cases of abuse and neglect to them as well as to call 911 for urgent police responses. Your reports should contain as much detail as possible, including time, dates, locations, and witnesses contact information if available. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Marrianne McMullen, Deputy Assistant Secretary for External Affairs at (202) 401-9216.”
He is supposed to phone 911. He is to phone the Tribal Social Services day or hotline phone… neither of which has ever been reliable. Even during working hours, the phone will ring endlessly with no answer on either the ‘hotline’ or the office hours phone.
People report to him because they could not get a response from Tribal Social Services or the BIA. Or, in the case of the 13-yr old rape victim, the BIA incarcerated her and let the rapist walk taking his word for it that ‘she took advantage of him while he was drunk.’ By the time the reports reach Mr. Sullivan, it is far too late to call 911.
Making anyone try to get a response from the corrupt and inept Tribal Social Services office is just sadistic.
The ‘details’ and ‘Contact’ information has always been available to be investigated but no one in the investigative capacity bothered to contact the abuse reporters. That’s the problem. They refuse to investigate, and then they claim that there is no ‘proof’. If you ignore and refuse to investigate, it is simple to say there is no ‘evidence’ as all the evidence, has been ignored. That’s how that works.
As for the ‘dates, times, locations’ of the abuses, be serious. Children are homed with as many as three registered sex offenders in the home, and you want specific dates and times of the offenses? Do they keep logs?
Sex offenders being given custody of small children, is the Candy Shop of horrors. Can we assume, comfortably, that unless we have exact dates and times of these offenses, that they are in fact NOT happening?
Why have sex offenders register if they are not considered a danger to the children in their own homes? This is the Through the Looking Glass kind of oddball logic that guides the ACF.
They’re about funding, and money, and prestige and political patty-cake, and about spring-boarding to greater political offices. They care nothing about the children if their neglect of the children on Spirit Lake are any indication.
I remind you all that under George Sheldon, Florida’s DCF had fully more than half the reported deaths in the Entire Nation in 2009. It took 49 other states cumulatively to even come close.
Why he was hired into ACF is a wonder to me. Unless the ACF is as corrupt as the BIA, and it is just now starting to show. Mr. Sheldon is now running for Florida Attorney General. Feel free to visit his FB page and ask him about his letters. This one to USAG Timothy Purdon & Sue Settles of the BIA
“As you know, our Regional Administrator Thomas Sullivan, located in Denver, Colorado, has questioned the conduct and commitment of your agencies in investigating and addressing suspected child abuse. Please know that Mr. Sullivan's views do not represent those of ACF, and he was speaking only in his personal, not official, capacity. As the attached communication sent to Mr. Sullivan today indicates, we have instructed Mr. Sullivan that he is not speaking for ACF on these matters. To that end, we have instructed him that he may not use ACF letterhead or any other official communication systems (e.g., his work email) to convey his personal views.
We recognize the utmost importance of reporting allegations of abuse and neglect to the appropriate authorities. To that end, we have informed Mr. Sullivan that any allegations he makes should be done in his personal capacity, and have encouraged him to make use of the crime reporting hotline established by BIA Law Enforcement, Fort Totten, and BIA Social Services, Fort Totten. If allegations come to ACF's attention through the ongoing work of our Children's Bureau, the office with programmatic responsibility for the child protection system, any official reports will be made by the Regional Program Manager of the Children's Bureau; the Commissioner for the Administration for Children, Youth and Families; or my office.”
Catch that? Mr. Sullivan can only report these incidents as a private person, not in his official capacity as Director of ACF Region VIII. Everyone in Purdon’s Office and the BIA lets out a huge sigh of relief. The only person in ACF that was actually doing their job is no longer allowed to do their job. They’re safe. For now…
Mr. Thomas Sullivan's Bio for those who think he's just 'flinging it & winging it' out there.
And while he shovels admonishments on Mr. Sullivan for daring to identify the problem, the crisis and the legal remedies needed, he heaps praise upon those who in the BIA and Timothy Purdon as USAG, ND for their ‘great work’ in fixing this problem.
“….I appreciate the seriousness with which both of your agencies have responded to allegations of child abuse there, as well as your willingness to brief us on your investigations and efforts. …”
Astonishing, considering that a mere two months later, due to the negligence of both the BIA and the dereliction of Mr. Purdon, baby Laurynn was murdered at the hands of her assigned guardian. Hers was one of the lives Mr. Sullivan and those making the reports, was concerned and trying to save. He gets admonishments, but Sue Settles of the BIA and Timothy Purdon, get high praise indeed, as Mr. Sheldon informs them that he has admonished Mr. Sullivan (so they don’t have to worry about any more of those pesky Mandated Reports ruining their day).
The BIA doesn’t even follow it’s own protocols for investigating. One wonders if the agency is anything more than a vehicle to transfer money from Taxpayers to corrupt tribal officials and to corporations doing business with them, and from there back into the coffers of political campaigns and foundations in a vicious circle of money laundering that whirs on without interruption as children are being raped, beaten, starved, neglected, murdered and trafficked.
If Spirit Lake is any indication as to the level of ‘seriousness’ the BIA, the USAG or the ACF and the rest of the alphabet players, take in dealing with child abuse and child rape, we are, as a nation, in deep, deep trouble. How deep will only be evident as the survivors of the neglect, abuse and rapes mature into addicts, violent offenders and rapists themselves and the cycle continues, twinned to the Federal and State spinning money into corruption and back into their own pockets again.
In case you are wondering how violent offenders, desperate addicts, sex offenders, rapists, and child abusers ‘got that way’, you are watching it happen in real time, in Spirit Lake Nation.
It’s happening all over the country. Just a sampling of recent stories:
Child Welfare in the News
Los Angeles Times - December 02, 2013
He became the leader of America's largest archdiocese at the very moment the church was being forced to confront clergy molestation. Because he was just 49 when he took office, he was in power for the entire arc of the abuse crisis. Long after peers had retired or died, Mahony was around to face the public's wrath. Because of the unique way abuse lawsuits played out in California, his files on molesters became public while in most other corners of the church, they remain under lock and key.
Pueblo Chieftan - December 02, 2013
The Pueblo Child Advocacy Center has seen a spike in child abuse cases this year, the majority involving sexual assault. According to center statistics, 205 sex abuse cases have been fielded this year, up from 142 last year.
KS: Kansas coalition pressing conservative agenda
Topeka Capital-Journal - November 29, 2013
Craig Gabel, president of Wichita-based Kansans for Liberty, said coalition members were prepared to fight for restraint of the Kansas Department for Children and Families' capacity to remove children from biological parents. The agency's mission should be to "preserve families, not protect children," the coalition's policy statement said, and failure by the department to reach family reunification targets should result in state funding cuts.
MO: Christian sports camp faces lawsuits claiming sex abuse by former director
Kansas City Star - December 01, 2013
Kanakuk Kamps, a Branson-based Christian sports camp network that draws thousands of youths every summer - many from the Kansas City area - is facing two lawsuits alleging sexual abuse by a former director.
NC: Child abuse laws go into effect (Includes video)
News 14 - December 01, 2013
Dozens of new laws passed during the last session of North Carolina's General Assembly went into effect Sunday, with several of them designed to help protect the state's children.
NC: County hires attorneys to speak out for foster parents <<Another annoying pop up. If you can get around that, the story is pretty well worth reading.
Gaston Gazette - November 29, 2013
State legislators in July established a two-year, ombudsman pilot program in Gaston County in response to concerns raised last year by local foster parents. In North Carolina, foster parents are service providers who have no legal rights. Privacy laws often cause them to be left out of the loop when social service officials and the court system deliberate where and why foster children should be placed or relocated.
OH: Colleges reach out to foster youth
Journal-News - December 02, 2013
Local colleges and universities are doing more to support students who have aged out of the foster care system - a population they say is the most at-risk of being homeless, dropping out and needing public assistance for much of their lives.
OK: Help for foster parents
Pryor Daily Times - November 30, 2013
"It started with a group of us foster parents who built up a stash of supplies that we would pass within the group," said Deatherage of essential child care items like diapers, cribs and clothing. "Right now the donations we accept are either passed to a family already in need or stored at my home until someone needs the items," she said. "I would love nothing more than to have a building filled wall-to-wall with supplies so that every single one of our children would have exactly what they need the moment they are taken into custody. And, more importantly, that no child is turned away because of a lack of items needed to care for that child."
This link was aggravating because of the pop up window>>> SC: Former Charleston County Department of Social Services director sues agency for $4.5 million
Post & Courier - November 25, 2013
The former Charleston County director of the Department of Social Services is suing the state agency, the agency head and three former coworkers, alleging that he was wrongfully fired this fall, court records show. In the same lawsuit, Frank Oakley is also suing the department for defamation, violation of the South Carolina Whistleblower Law and civil conspiracy.
WV: Child Advocacy Center, commission discuss funding
The Journal - December 02, 2013
The Child Advocacy Center provides services for children and families when there is a report of child abuse. It is an investigative tool for law enforcement and Child Protective Services, coordinating with them to help solve cases. The CAC also coordinates with the prosecuting attorney's office, providing case management for child abuse cases.
US: Proposed Bill Commands Increased Attention to Education of Foster, Homeless Youths
Chronicle of Social Change - December 02, 2013
A group of senators have introduced legislation that seeks to increase access to higher education for youths in the foster care system or who have experienced homelessness. The Higher Education Access and Success for Homeless and Foster Youth Act is aimed at improving the financial aid process for such youths by amending the Higher Education Act of 1965.
US: Parents' use of the Internet for adoptions can be dangerous
Indianapolis Star - December 01, 2013
On the plus side, websites such as Facebook, Craigslist, Adoptimist and Parent Profiles allow families to find each other without using traditional - and costly - adoption agencies or attorneys. On the down side, the Internet offers few guarantees to either side in the adoption process. Parents who want to find a good home for their child don't know for sure who is on the other end of an online conversation. And it offers more opportunities for scam artists, and people who would sell their child to the highest bidder.
If we don’t make this world safer for the children, it won’t be safe for any of us, anywhere. Children who survive constant abuse & violence mature into adults who re-enact that abuse and violence on others: adults and children. They become addicts and they suicide. They commit crimes of rage, including rape and murder.
Early intervention is key. Not when they are teenagers already damaged and headed down all the wrong roads, but when they are children we know are in crisis, or forced to live with abusers, pedophiles and registered sex-offenders while the Federal and State Agencies ignore the reports, harass and fire the whistle-blowers who have identified the problems and crimes.
If we fire those who identify the problem, how can we ever expect to fix the problem? Isn’t the message: “Corruption is King” getting through loud and clear? You think the children who live under this abuse don’t hear this?
If we want a safer future with less crime, we can only start by protecting the children today who otherwise will become the criminals and the drain on our economy in the future if we do nothing.
If you don’t want to do it for the children now, do it for your own peace of mind in the future. Do it to save money. Do it to end the cycle of corruption and abuse. End the cycle of corrupt government agencies and abused children, and we will have a better world.
Or buy more locks & alarms for your doors, file more reports on robberies and home invasions, rapes, assaults and kidnappings.
When you see a drug addict or alcoholic passed out on the sidewalk or in the alley, or you see a prostitute leaning into a car, think about it: That is a survivor of the abuses that today, George Sheldon, Marrianne McMullen, Sue Settles, the entire BIA and USAG as well as HHS and IHS, are all working to prevent from being investigated.
The Children’s Bureau has had this for over a year. Not a single report of abuse has been filed by them or investigated by them, on Spirit Lake Reservation. Not a single one. That agency drains over $8 Billion in tax dollars to fund it every single year. Not a single report/investigation.
Demand action. Demand investigations. Demand those who have been stifling the reports be investigated and removed from their jobs. They are paid too much and doing far too little. In fact, they have given comfort and cover to the very predators that hurt the children today. Those children, if they survive, will be our nightmares and broken hearts tomorrow.
This is OUR Government. This is OUR work to do.
Don’t ever quit.
You know where to find me.
December 2, 2013---Printer Version(4)
What’s The Problem?
You and I, we see a crime being committed and we phone the police. We expect that the crime will be investigated. We do not expect that the police and every agency they are connected to, will in fact, ignore the crime, ignore the victims, and begin a campaign of harassment and intimidation upon us. Least of all, do we expect that the police and the predators would be supporting each other, publicly and privately, while the children remain raped, beaten and abused.
That would simply not make sense.
But that is exactly what has happened in Spirit Lake Nation Rez. As professionals in all levels of contact with victims began reporting horrific child rapes, abuse, beatings and neglect, not only were their reports ignored but they were and still are, being ridiculed and the reporters have been harassed, their reputations smeared, and threats, intimidation tactics used against them from the Tribal Police to the FBI, from the BIA and the ACF Administrators to the Office of the Attorney General and his designated USAGs at every level, in North Dakota.
As a result, those who have pointed out the problems and the crimes have been removed, and those committing the crimes, creating more problems, have been reinforced, enabled, supported by the very agencies that we would expect would have investigated them and thrown several of them into prison by now.
Further, not a single child has been rescued, not a single dime of millions of dollars that have gone ‘missing’ has been recovered or even looked for.
The “Problem” for the BIA, FBI, DOJ, ACF appears to not be the children being raped, abused, trafficked or murdered. Nor does it appear to be the millions of dollars that go missing. The problem seems to be “People Reporting the Crimes.”
This goes all the way up to the White House level, and it has for decades.
The BIA has done nothing to rescue or even investigate a single report of children living with registered sex offenders. The BIA and their ‘Strike Force’ was only keyed in on silencing the reports, not acting on any of them.
Their ‘success’ has been measured by how much they can keep reports out of the news, off the media and out of sight of the people who would demand justice and that the situation be rectified.
Tim Purdon has only investigated a single, ONE, case of child rape originating on the rez, in all these years, and not a single other case of child rape or rape, despite there being over 50 reported, that’s about one a week, every year. Untold numbers are not reported because, obviously, the reports are not investigated, the victims are harassed, ridiculed and threatened by law enforcement agencies all the way up to the FBI and USAG offices.
The ACF’s Marrianne McMullen, in her email to Thomas Sullivan stated that for the past year or more, all these cases of child abuse have been handed over to the Children’s Bureau, an $8 Billion/year government funded agency that has also, not investigated a single case.
So, in the past year we have everyone above Thomas Sullivan at the ACF trying to shut him up and finally taking away his jurisdiction to make Mandated Reports by saying all of this is now in the hands of the Children’s Bureau and has been for over a year.
They admonish Mr. Sullivan for his efforts.
We have the BIA, rife with corruption and incompetence, being lauded and praised by George Sheldon for their ‘great work in making the children of Spirit Lake safer’… when there is not only no proof that a single child has been rescued, and in fact, babies have died and been murdered who were listed in those Mandated Reports, without their circumstances being investigated despite alarm bells going off about how much real danger they were in.
Mr. Sheldon, the same day he shuts down Thomas Sullivan’s efforts to make reports, not only praises the BIA, but also Tim Purdon for his great works on that reservation.
What planet recognizes and praises those who have failed their jobs and in fact have violated the laws concerning the reporting of child abuse, specifically Section 13031 of title 42, a provision in the Victims of Child Abuse Act of 1990 (“VCAA” or “Act”), while condemning the one person in their organization that has been doing his job and seeking rescue for these children, from their abusers and registered sex offenders?
And now, because this law is actually on the books and all those involved in the cover up, the lack of response, the lack of rescue or investigation are in fact criminally liable, there is an effort from very high up the food chain, the Office of Legal Counsel (OLC), to rewrite the law to make it so that these agencies need neither acknowledge any reports of violence against children in Indian Country, but also not hold any responsibility for reporting or acting on reports of children being abused anywhere in Federal Jurisdiction, or even in programs or dwellings provided by or funded by the Federal Government.
That’s how they ‘solve’ “The Problem”, they rewrite the laws to make it so that they are no longer responsible for enforcing the laws and they are no longer criminally responsible for not enforcing the laws.
One problem: The VCAA was a law written, passed and enacted by Congress. Only Congress can change those laws. The OLC is not a legislative branch of government and as such, have no power to rewrite the laws to suit their own political hand washing circle.
Further, the law states:
“Finally, in section 226(g)(1) of the VCAA, codified as amended at 18 U.S.C. § 2258, Congress criminalized the failure to report child abuse as mandated by 42 U.S.C. § 13031. The criminal provision states: (Section 13031)
A person who, while engaged in a professional capacity or activity described in subsection (b) of section 226 of the Victims of Child Abuse Act of 1990 [42 U.S.C. § 13031] on Federal land or in a federally operated (or contracted) facility, learns of facts that give reason to suspect that a child has suffered an incident of child abuse, as defined in subsection (c) of that section, and fails to make a timely report as required by subsection (a) of that section, shall be fined un-der this title or imprisoned not more than 1 year or both. “
That means, by law, those who failed to report or act on those reports in accordance with the law, have in fact, criminally broken that law and can be imprisoned. That means that everyone who received those Mandated Reports and failed to act in a timely manner (Jurisdictions specified in the IHS/BIA Jurisdiction Chart) a simple, 7 page, straight forward delineation of who/which agency/branch of government has jurisdiction over which crimes.
Accordingly, everyone from the predators, to Timothy Purdon, Sue Settles and now Virginia A. Seitz, Assistant Attorney General, Office of Legal Counsel for her part in attempting to cover up the crimes of everyone who has ignored and failed to act in their capacity as law enforcement, investigator, or Agent of the US Government (BIA, FBI, USAG, IHS, etc.) or to excuse them from their responsibilities in these cases, should be investigated for crimes and could be convicted, fined and imprisoned. Given that Eric Holder himself signed off on this, cuff him too.
That may, just MAY explain the desperation on the part of those in these agencies who have been attacking both the victims and the reporters of the crimes against the victims. They face criminal charges themselves, and they are all politically tied to the corruption at one level or another.
Now, of course, we can include all those at the Children’s Bureau who have, especially for the past year or more, according to Marrianne McMullen of the ACF, had this in their wheelhouse, as criminally neglecting their duties and subject to investigation, fine, incarceration.
As a side note to all of this, we go back to the fire at Cavenaugh’s where the news crew was jumped and forced to delete their video while simply filming a fire, the fire crew putting it out.
I have a letter written months ago to the BIA regarding the fact that three of the firemen were suspected of using marijuana on the job, and evidence to corroborate that was gathered by a BIA police officer.
That report was also ignored. I suspect that may be yet another reason the Fire Department and the BIA officer on hand were afraid to have the event video-taped. It clearly showed one or all three of those firemen still on the job.
It’s a minor thing in the bigger picture of corruption and crime out there, but it shows the level or desperation and violence to prevent even one tiny domino from tipping over, leading to another and another.
Further up the food chain, we have the most politically powerful individuals appointed in government, and some of the elected, using every lever at their disposal to prevent a single investigation into the crimes reported on the Mandated Reports.
You’d think their garage was on fire, wouldn’t you?
The ‘Problem’ you see, is not the crimes, but those who report them.
You know where to find me.