Stephanie Woodard


I write on health and human rights in Native American communities, as well as on aspects of culture—Native and not—including food, gardening and the arts. 


The emergency room doctor was furious at the abuse heaped on Audre’y Eby's son. The boy's injuries would soon lead to an arrest warrant for the mother—not because she had caused the harm, but because she did not return her son, along with his wheelchair-bound twin, to their abusers.

"We Breathe Again" tackles the reality of high suicide rates in Alaska and the prevention efforts aiming to help. The film's director says, the movie is "about serious issues, but it’s also uplifting—a healing journey."

Native children make up about 13 percent of South Dakota’s child population, but typically represent about 50 percent of those in foster care. The story examines the state's response to claims of child sex abuse in foster care and by adoptive parents.

My latest story, Rough Justice in Indian Child Welfare, provides a rare and shocking behind-the-scenes look at what can happen to Native children once they end up in the foster-care system, in this case in South Dakota.