Few decisions made by the state of South Dakota carry the emotional weight of removing a child from a home.
For Native American children, whose culture is scarred by a troubling history of forced displacement by whites, the decision has emotional and legal implications.
Federal law says native children belong in native homes except in the rarest of circumstances.
The state says officials do all they can to ensure Native children are placed in appropriate homes and move quickly through the system.
But the tribes disagree, and recently some sued, alleging more must be done.