California lawmakers are considering a proposal to make it easier for Native American tribes to make their arguments in child custody cases.Technically, the proposed legislation, AB 686, would let lawyers Continue reading Proposed Law Would Make it Easier for Native Americans to Argue their Side in Child Custody Cases
So far, 325 tribes and states, including Montana, Idaho, Utah and Colorado, have joined forces to preserve a law that gives Native families preference in adoption of Native children. Read the full Continue reading Mountain West Tribes And States Join Indian Child Welfare Act Lawsuit
The National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition, First Nations Repatriation Institute, and the University of Minnesota are pleased to announce the launch of our study: Child Removal in Native Communities. Continue reading Announcing the First Comprehensive Study on Child Removal in Native Communities
Another way that ICWA differs from conventional child welfare laws is that it mandates “active efforts” to keep children with their families or tribe. In most regular child protection cases, Continue reading Who Should Get to Adopt Native American Children?
Despite these challenges, Native American adoptees continue to lead a resilient fight both inside and outside the child welfare system to address disparities, often by providing support systems and advocates Continue reading American Indian Adoptees Deal with Painful Past and Family Separations
Synopsis provided by Westlaw: Department of Public Health and Human Services petitioned to terminate mother’s parental rights to children. The District Court, Silver Bow County, Brad Newman, J., terminated rights. Mother Continue reading Matter of S.R., February 21, 2019 (Supreme Judicial Court of Montana)
Legal Topics: Indian Child Welfare Act – Notice Read the full decision at the National Indian Law Library website.