In the 40 years since Congress enacted the Indian Child Welfare Act, the law has been criticized in legal challenges that have climbed all the way to the U.S. Supreme Continue reading Tribal families get priority in Native American adoptions. An appeals court will decide whether that’s fair.
After initially deciding the closely-watched case in favor of Indian Country, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals announced that it will hear the dispute all over again. A larger set of judges will Continue reading ‘We’re under attack’: Tribes defend Indian Child Welfare Act in critical case
Today, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit issued an order directing a challenge to the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) to be reheard en banc — before the entire Fifth Circuit. Continue reading Fifth Circuit to Rehear Indian Child Welfare Act Challenge
More than 40 years after the federal law took effect, the child welfare system continues to absorb a disproportionate number of Native American children nationally and in Utah, noted Alisa Continue reading The complicated nature of Native American adoptions: Does a Utah court ruling conflict with federal law?
The Supreme Court didn’t give a reason it declined to hear the case that began in 2013, when the Oglala and Rosebud Sioux Tribes and three parents in Pennington County brought a class Continue reading US Supreme Court declines to hear Oglala, Rosebud case against South Dakota officials
Emails to the adoptive family from the director of Bright Star Adoptions, an adoption firm for which Petersen served as general counsel, suggest that concerns came up about the firm’s Continue reading Records Show Petersen’s Firm Planned Native Adoption, Raising Legal Questions
Carlisle, and boarding schools like it, are remembered as a dark chapter in the history of the ill-conceived assimilation policies designed to strip Native people of their cultures and languages Continue reading The U.S. stole generations of Indigenous children to open the West