Category Archives: Author: Kate E. Fort

Press Release and Coverage Regarding Texas v. Zinke (ICWA Challenge)

California Tribal Families Coalition, News Release Tribal Coalition Urges Attorneys General to Protect Tribal Children A coalition of California tribes and leaders today urged state attorneys general across 18 states and U.S. territories to stand with tribes in support of the … Continue reading

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NCJFCJ ICWA Bench BOOK is Now Available!

Last published in 2003 as bench cards, NCJFCJ has issued a new and improved ICWA bench book for judges. There are a few of you who have been asking me about these weekly–here they are! Press release here NCJFCJ_ICWA_Judicial_Benchbook_Final_Web New! … Continue reading

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Supreme Court Declines to Take S.S. v. CRIT (ICWA case)

Here is the order. Here are the documents. Remember, now in your ICWA briefs you can add that cert. denied signal if you like.

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Alaska AG Opinion on Tribal Self-Governance

Opinion here. Big win for tribes, pulling the state in line with the rest of the country. If you’ve ever wondered how difficult it is in Alaska working for and on behalf of tribes, read this much needed opinion. II. … Continue reading

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ICWA Inquiry Case out of Colorado Court of Appeals

Here. To decide if the trial court complied with ICWA, we must answer a question that has yet to be decided in Colorado: When a trial court inquires at an initial temporary custody hearing at the commencement of the dependency … Continue reading

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Problems with Passive Voice Part Infinity–Children Missing in KS Foster Care

Here is the original article. Here is the response/statement from Kansas DCF: The reality is quite different from what “outraged” legislators would have you believe. Allow me to share with you who the children are, we consider missing. In 92 … Continue reading

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Register Today for the TICA/ILPC Conference!

Register and attend the only conference dedicated to issues facing in-house tribal counsel! October 26-27 Details and registration here. Speakers include: Paul Spruhan, Navajo Nation Dept. of Justice Jean Back, Schwabe, Williamson, & Wyatt Jessica Intermill, Hogen Adams Lloyd B. Miller, … Continue reading

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ICWA Article in NALS by Elise McGowan, ILPC Alum

Here.

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Cert Stage Filings In S.S. v. CRIT (ICWA Case)

This is the cert petition from the Arizona Court of Appeals decision applying ICWA to step-parent or third party adoptions, where Dad attempted to terminate Mom’s rights so Step-Mom could adopt children. Cert petition filed by the Goldwater Institute purportedly … Continue reading

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Termination of Parental Rights ICWA Case Out of Missouri

Here. This case is illustrative of a lot of the things we talk about regarding practicing in an unfamiliar forum, and getting objections on the record. The Tribe (Nenana Native Village) brought an appeal regarding the termination of parental rights, … Continue reading

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