Justice as Retaliation; The Mette Case

This is an amazing report by the Lakota People’s Law Project about how the State of South Dakota is Attempting to Punish Lakota Child Welfare Advocates and Protect Child Abusers. You can read the entire story; Final Mette Case Special Report

On May 1st, The Aberdeen News of South Dakota reported that former South Dakota state attorney Brandon Taliaferro and court appointed child advocate Shirley Schwab were being charged by South Dakota State Attorney General Martin Jackley with witness tampering and subornation of perjury. Attorney General Jackley filed these charges in relation to the separate criminal prosecution of Aberdeen-based foster parents Richard and Gwendolyn Mette. Mr. Taliaferro is a well-known South Dakota Indian child advocate and, as a former Assistant State Attorney, he was in charge of prosecuting child abuse cases in Brown County. Mrs. Schwab is the widely respected court-appointed child advocate for Brown County. Richard Mette had been charged in 2011 by Mr. Taliaferro with a total of 23 felony counts of aggravated rape of a child and aggravated incest against two of four young Native American sisters who had been placed in his and his wife Gwendolyn Mette’s custody by the Department of Social Services (D.S.S.) over the protests of the children’s Lakota family. Gwendolyn Mette had been charged with 11 felony charges of aiding and abetting his crimes, and with neglect of the children.



#1 Helga on 08.07.12 at 2:48 am

This was a dailykos story last week, it seems like SD can’t get their act together and children always suffer.

#2 scott on 08.07.12 at 12:47 pm

Cut Denny some slack. His parents were deaf and lost their farm, remember?

#3 l3wis on 08.07.12 at 2:51 pm

The farm they built with their bare hands?

#4 Testor15 on 08.07.12 at 3:32 pm

“NPR report by Laura Sullivan revealed that the South Dakota D.S.S., in collusion with the present Governor of South Dakota, Dennis Daugaard, has been systematically violating the 1978 Indian Child Welfare Act over the past decade.” To the tune of $50 million… No wonder the state government is protecting CHS and it’s executives…

#5 l3wis on 08.07.12 at 10:08 pm

They are probably working overtime to bury this story. Something that is rare in Pierre. Working overtime that is, not burying things.