The Native Nations Institute at the University of Arizona and the National Indian Child Welfare Association have released a report detailing the second part of a study on tribal welfare codes designed to protect children and youth….
Based on the study’s findings, the team affirms that:
· To help protect children from abuse and neglect, 70 percent of the tribal codes make specific requirements for reporting suspected child abuse and neglect.
· To ensure paternal rights and responsibilities, 60 percent of tribal codes create processes for establishing or acknowledging paternity.
· Whereas the Indian Child Welfare Act acknowledges that tribes may take jurisdiction over their children, 61 percent of tribal codes assert explicit jurisdiction over tribal citizen children on and off the reservation.
Read the full article about the study at the Native Times website.
Download the reports:
Part I: http://nni.arizona.edu/pdfs/nicwaposter-WEB.pdf