Become a member at http://lakota.cc/1kvf8ka. This is just an example of the corruption that South Dakota DSS perpetuates. Learn more about the Mette Case at http://lakotalaw.org/special-reports/the-mette-affair. There are many stories like this, which is why we are assisting the Lakota tribes to create their own foster care system.
Free the Mette Children!
The South Dakota Dept. of Social Services placed 7 Lakota foster
children into foster care with a non-Native, known molester.
In what appears to be a common situation, the state of South Dakota placed 7 Lakota children into a foster family with a known molester, Richard Mette, and his enabling wife, Wendy Mette, from 2000 to 2013. The DSS knew of the accusations against Mr. Mette, but still placed Lakota foster children with him.
The state ignored MULTIPLE complaints of sexual and physical
abuse, and pleas for help from the children.
1. In 2001, the state ignored the foster boys’ complaints of molestation, and simply made the Mette adoptive parents sign a contract pledging to discontinue any illegal behavior.
2. In 2007, one of the girls told the police how she was sexually molested by Mr. Mette. She reported that Mrs. Mette knew about the molestations. Again, the DSS defended the Mette foster parents, and allowed the children to stay in the home.
3. Afterwards, Kelly, the older foster sister who had aged out of the Mette foster family, was getting reports from her younger siblings that the sexual and physical abuse was increasing and intensifying. She reported this to the South Dakota DSS, who ignored it and said they did not believe the children.
Yankton Doctor sees bruises and reports abuse. In October 2010, the only boy among the Mette foster siblings at that time went to see a doctor at the Human Services Center in Yankton, S.D. The child, covered with bruises, disclosed abuse occurring in his adoptive home. He also detailed how Richard Mette, the adoptive father, was molesting the girls. The doctor contacted the authorities at once.
Brandon Taliaferro, the Assistant State’s Attorney responsible for criminal child abuse cases in Brown County, immediately began an investigation.
The police search the Mette house and find more evidence of sexual abuse, including enough pornography to “pack a store”, including “family incest” porn.
The children revealed they had been subjected to physical abuse, sexual molestation and threats of being beaten if they did not comply with the molestation or if they told anyone. In addition, the children explained that they were often given a choice between “b***jobs or beatings”.
The children say they were forced to watch incest porn with Mr. Mette. The children were told that the porn, with titles like “Family Heat”, is how families are supposed to act.
The disgusted police charged Mr. Mette with 23 counts of child rape and incest, and Mrs. Mette with 11 counts of physical abuse and enabling.
The State prosecutor, however, first attempted to drop all charges, and charged sexual predator Mr. Mette with only one count of “spanking”.
When the State was not allowed to do this, they decided to charge Mr. Mette with only one count of rape of a child under 10. The other 22 charges of aggravated child rape and incest were
The State then dropped all charges against Mrs. Mette, who the children said knew about and enabled the abuse.
Children are now back with Mrs. Mette, where they can’t sue the State DSS. As the state’s DCI agent explained, South Dakota fears that they will face an expensive lawsuit by the seven Lakota foster children whose complaints of sexual abuse were ignored by the state
for 10 years. Since they are now minors in the custody of Wendy Mette, the person who enabled the abuse, they cannot sue the state without her permission and support.
What can we do?
Please call Tony West, the Associate Attorney General of the United States, and let him know that the federal Department of Justice needs to Free the Mette Children immediately!
Learn more: www.lakotalaw.org/special-reports/the-mette-affair
Photos for the upcoming paperback edition of Seven Pillars of Wisdom - The Oxford Text
-Minor Writings (A substantial collection of Lawrence’s published articles and introductions, brought together conveniently in a single volume)
-Translations from Arabic, French and Greek (Including The Odyssey and The Forest Giant)
-'The Mint' and later writings about service life
Wow, what an experience this movie was. I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to see Lawrence of Arabia, because it deserves every accolade and bit of praise it’s given. Directed by David Lean, and starring Peter O’Toole in the starring role, I knew this movie was going to have a place on…
The film is not accurate, and Peter is about a foot too tall. *smiles* But his portrayal included a lot of TE’s known characteristics: his slightly pained standard smile, various (and sometimes contradictory) descriptions of his voice, a certain polite rudeness and rude politeness.
The more I watch Lawrence of Arabia (1962) the more I think we need to redo it and do it properly.
However, considering the cast of Gods of Egypt (2016), a proper movie based on T.E. Lawrence in the desert is probably a movie more for the 2020’s or 2030’s when hopefully we’ll be free of this casting nonsense.
…I have the sense that it is genuinely impossible to do it so that it is faithful to history and his story if he is placed at its center. David Lean compromised and was able to give the film a certain spirit which made it impossible to ignore and allowed him to criticize British Imperialism and social attitudes in the 60’s. This makes most of his sacrifices forgiveable in the time, and the film surprisingly true to the spirit of Seven Pillars given how very much it altered for convenience.
Fixing his errors will also probably lose his successes. That final step which brings accuracy and spirit in line is almost impossible to define.
And do not look to the future as the cure for all ills unless you are ready to cure them yourself. Sit back and say that progress will continue and you will be forever surprised and hurt by things like the recent casting of Khan in Star Trek.
Some of the editorial moderators have sat down to compile a wishlist of letters we’d love to see. Check it out and get inspired!
We’d love to get letters to/from…
- A journalist at the front and/or a woman disguised as a man (a la Denis Smith)
- The ghost of Archduke…
Emergency- Friend needs safe place to live. Low income, MUST be LGBTQIA friendly. Please direct message or email me with any leads. Thank you.
Bay Area, near Berkeley preference.
"I don’t know what he said to you to make you marry him. He is a lucky man."