Clint and Heather –
I don’t want to devastate you further. I wish I could assure you that your baby will be okay, but I can’t. The Leech Lake Reservation is so bad, that even my husband, a member of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe from Leech Lake, took our kids far from it and wrote in his will that he did NOT want the grand kids that he had legal custody of (through ICWA, of course) to go back there when he died.
He passed away four years ago and how I managed to keep his grand kids is still a mystery to us. The Lord definitely had his hand in it. We imagine that the Mpls. Star and Tribe series, “The Lost Youth Of Leech Lake,” which came out just two months before he passed away also brought such bad publicity to the tribe that they simply decided not to fight with us.
I strongly urge you to continue to fight for this little boy. It will be hard enough for him having to deal with the affects of having been born with substances in his system. But being in Cass Lake on top of it….
You said on the news that you want to fight to make sure this doesn’t happen to any more children. We are also trying to fight for the children. I have a grandson now who, at 1/4 blood quantum, is enrollable. If anything should happen to his parents, I WILL fight the tribe tooth and nail and I WILL defy the law if it came down to it.
We would like to work with you in your battle.