A coalition of California tribal governments, including two from the North Coast, say the state has taken a ‘monumental’ step toward addressing systematic failures to protect tribal civil rights in Continue reading California Attorney General: Compliance with Tribal Child Custody Law a ‘Priority’
This past Monday morning (March 13) in a courtroom in Alameda County I witnessed three non-Native attorneys and a non-Native judge make the decision to end reunification and move towards Continue reading Opinion: An Indian Child Welfare Act Disappointment: Lack of Support from Tribe
The U.S. Supreme Court declined on Monday to hear a foster family’s challenge to the adoption of their former foster daughter under the Indian Child Welfare Act. Read the full Continue reading SCOTUS Turns Down Indian Child Welfare Act Challenge Brought by Foster Parents of Choctaw Girl
Read the full decision at the National Indian Law Library website. Synopsis from Westlaw: County children and family services agency filed petition against mother and father to terminate their parental Continue reading In re O.C., November 22, 2016, (California)
The children have recovered from their injuries, but they now are innocent victims of a custody battle that pits their relatives in Visalia, Calif., against relatives in the Shingle Springs Continue reading Girls Caught in Custody Battle After Parents are Killed in Head-On Collision
When it was first passed into federal law nearly 40 years ago, the Indian Child Welfare Act was a beacon of hope for many in the Native American community who considered the Continue reading Report: Compliance with Indian Child Welfare Act Spotty
On Friday, July 8, 2016, the Court of Appeal of the State of California – Second Appellate District upheld a lower court’s decision in R.P. et al. v. J.E. et Continue reading California Appeals Court Rules in Favor of ICWA Placement Preference in R.P. et al. v. J.E. et al.