My Pawnee friend is on the Native Children Services Board with her tribe, or at least was for awhile and still may be on a National level. I had the pleasure of working with her and she will always be my friend. I worked for Children Services in a small county in Ohio and we always checked to find out if children were Native American and tried first of all to help the mother all we could, place the child with family members, or place the child with the tribe the mother belonged to, or the father belonged to. As for Roger St. John and all Native Americans who were snatched away that should never have been, I wish you peace, love and healing. Forming a strong children services board for each tribe is a necessity nowadays even though most children services agencies are becoming more aware of the importance and in some cases, laws requiring Native Americans to be returned to someone in their Native American family or to the tribe they belong to. Adoption takes a heavy toll on children, but Native American children were stolen for a long time and expected to assimilate into "white" Americans. How wrong and misguided these people were. I'm happy that some tribes, such as the Navajo now have their own schools for children in their tribe. It's still hard on the children there because the distance of the school is so far from their homes that they have boarding schools where children are separated from their parents for long periods of time, but learn their Native language, history, customs,etc., and learn information needed to survive in and off the reservation.