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Facebook restores mom's account of she posted photo of kids in traditional Native American clothing

Posted at 8:37 PM, Sep 06, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-07 12:44:06-04

SALLISAW, Okla. -- Facebook has restored a Sequoyah County mother's account after she posted pictures of her adopted children wearing their traditional Native American clothing and had been originally banned.

Barbara Davis and her family spend lots of time on their 40 acres just outside Sallisaw where they raise buffalo.

“That’s something else that’s from their culture," Davis said. “They were a source of food and clothing.”

Davis and her husband have adopted ten children, six currently at home. They’re all Native American. Three children are part of the Navajo tribe and the other three are Cherokee.

“It’s challenging sometimes, but they’re worth it," Davis said. "The kids are definitely worth it.”

Last Saturday, the family took pictures of their children wearing their traditional Native American clothing.

“We were celebrating their heritage here, showing them how they dressed many years ago and the tools they used," Davis said.

Davis says the purpose was to help her children understand their background after they were forced into foster care at a young age.

“They’ve faced so much adversity in their short lives and we’re proud of them and like to celebrate them," Davis said.

Like any proud mom, Davis posted the pictures to Facebook.

“They were reported as being a sexual nature involving minors," Davis said. "Facebook deleted them so I reposted them because I knew what they weren’t and what they were. Then, I got banned.”

Davis made a new Facebook profile but the second one also got banned. The support system said the posts don’t “follow community standards” and they don't allow “sexual material.”

“It does seem extreme," Davis said. "Especially when you see women in bikinis.”

But this mom isn’t backing down. She doesn’t want her children to forget where they came from.

“These are innocent children celebrating their culture and their heritage," Davis said. "It just boggles me.”

Facebook responded to the mother Friday, saying that the company had made a mistake. The content has been restored.

Facebook sent the following response to 2 Works for You:

"Facebook is a place to express yourself and sharing images of children in attire from their heritage does not fall outside of that. We are very sorry that this mistake was made and understand how frustrating it has to have been for them."

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