Author Archives: Kate Fort

NCJFCJ and NAICJA Webinar for Courts: Drugs and the Adolescent Brain

NCJFCJ and NAICJA Webinar April25 April 25th at 1pm ET

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California ICWA Attorneys Pro Hac Waiver Proposal

And the biggest ICWA state joins the movement! Comments on this are due June 8, 2018. Here is the proposal to change the rules to waive associating with local counsel and remove the limit on the number of times appearing … Continue reading

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25th Annual ICWA Conference (California), June 4-6

(Word is I’m speaking at this one.)

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Update in Texas v. Zinke (federal ICWA case)

Here are the updated filings in the federal ICWA case in Texas: The federal government filed a motion to dismiss, here. But THEN, Plaintiffs filed (another) amended complaint–here. It’s about 8 pages longer than the previous complaint, and adds the … Continue reading

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NAICJA Save the Date (Oct. 16-19) and Call for Papers (Due April 20)

One of my favorite conferences of the year–and I always offer to do an ICWA/transfer to tribal court case law update! RFP for Presentations- 2018 NAICJA Conference – DUE APRIL 20th!

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Dismissal of the Watso v. Piper Case

There have been a long series of federal cases in Minnesota involving tribal court child welfare jurisdiction over non-member children residing on the reservation (Watso, Nguyen). Most recently, Watso v. Piper was dismissed. The magistrate’s decision (that was upheld), is … Continue reading

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Montana Supreme Court: State has Duty to Actively Determine if Child is Indian Child

Here. In this case, as early as 2014, the State, through the Department, had reason to believe and, as asserted in its various petition averments and request for the District Court to proceed under ICWA, did believe that L.D. was … Continue reading

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In re B.B./R.K.B. v. E.T. Cert Denied

This morning the Supreme Court denied cert in the Utah Supreme Court case establishing a federal standard of reasonableness for a putative father to acknowledge or establish paternity. Case page here. Order list here.

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Unpublished QEW Opinion out of Texas Court of Appeals

Here. This is the second time recently a well-reasoned QEW case has been unreported, which means it can’t be used as precedent. The first was in Washington. In re K.S., 199 Wash.App. 1034 (2017). This one is out of the … Continue reading

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Summer Indian Law Program at Montana

Here. Law students, grad students, attorneys, tribal leaders: JOIN US for the Summer American Indian and Indigenous Law Program here at the Alexander Blewett III School of Law at the University of Montana in beautiful Missoula. We are once again … Continue reading

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