After protests, courts enter fray


January 21, 2022

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During a protest outside the courthouse Jan. 11, 2022, Danielle Martineau tells how she found out her nephews were being harmed in foster care.

Protests and social media posts alleging abuse of up to 10 Native American children at two local foster care homes have been seen and heard.

Fond du Lac Band attorney Scott Buchanan filed a petition for an emergency protective care hearing for two of the children last week. More than 60 people attended the Zoom hearing for that case on Tuesday, with Sixth District Carlton County judge Rebekka Stumme presiding over a virtual courtroom.

In the end, Stumme ordered that a total of nine children be removed from the two homes at least until the investigations are completed, also ruling on two aff...

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