March 17 – Yesterday, the federal District Court for the District of Arizona dismissed A.D. v. Washburn, a case brought by the Goldwater Institute challenging the Indian Child Welfare Act’s Continue reading Court rejects challenge to law safeguarding Native children and families
Although the proceeding only involved one child, it’s being closely watched because the non-Indian foster couple is being represented by the Goldwater Institute. The conservative-leaning organization, which is based in Continue reading Gila River Indian Community Weighs Options After Losing Indian Child Welfare Act Case
Over the objections of a tribe, the state Court of Appeals has allowed a non-Indian family to adopt the child of a Native American mother. Read the full article at Continue reading Arizona Court Upholds Adoption by Non-Indian Family
Synopsis provided by Westlaw: Indian community moved to change child’s custody from foster home to aunt. After an evidentiary hearing, the Superior Court, Maricopa County, No. JD 510468, Shellie F. Continue reading Gila River Indian Community v. Department of Child Safety, December 8, 2015 (Arizona)
A federal judge on Friday questioned the legality of statutes that give tribal courts the right to decide adoption and foster care placement of Native American children who have never Continue reading Federal Court to Clarify Legality of Native American Adoptions
In court filings Friday, attorneys for the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the state Department of Child Safety federal agency acknowledged the Indian Child Welfare Act does require state courts Continue reading State, Feds Defend Tribal Adoption Law
Gov. Doug Ducey has signed a bill that makes all children living on Indian reservations qualified for private school vouchers. Learn more at the Education Week website.