Category Archives: Author: Kate E. Fort

Brookings Institute on the Separation of Families

Here My research has failed to uncover a single example of how removing control, jurisdiction, or authority from tribal governments improves outcomes for the AIAN population. While tribal governments are not perfect by any means, it cannot be shown with … Continue reading

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Provide Comments on WI Pro Hac Vice for ICWA Attorneys Pending Rule

Well, since I did the California post yesterday on this, multiple people from Wisconsin reminded me that we all need to submit supportive comments there. Many thanks to NL for spelling it out in an email so I can just … Continue reading

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Tribal Law and Policy Institute is Hiring!

Announcement here: Program Specialist Job Announcement_Tribal Law and Policy Institute Education and/or Experience: Required: Bachelor’s degree; experience or demonstrated expertise in tribal justice systems and/or problem-solving courts Preferred: Juris Doctorate, Master’s degree, or other applicable advanced degree Strongly preferred: Four (4) … Continue reading

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California Eliminates Pro Hac Vice Barriers for ICWA Cases

In a celebrate-the-victories post, the state with the most number of ICWA cases has removed major barriers for out of state ICWA attorneys. California notoriously had some of the highest pro hac fees and tightest limitations on the number of … Continue reading

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Spurr v. Pope Decision in WD Michigan [Tribal Court Jurisdiction to Issue PPO]

33_Opinion and Order Briefing here: 21 Motion for PI 22 Response 23 Reply 26 DCT Briefing Order 30 Motion to Dismiss 31 Response 32 Reply

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GAO Report on Native Youth Involvement in the Juvenile Justice System

Here However, more Native American youth were involved in the federal system than their percentage in the nationwide population (1.6 percent). For example, of all youth arrested by federal entities during the period, 18 percent were Native American. According to Department … Continue reading

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Eighth Circuit Dismisses Oglala Sioux v. Fleming Under Abstention Doctrine

Here. This is the long running (initiated before Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl) case that is attempting to address the due process and ICWA violations against Native families in Pennington Co., South Dakota. Brought by Oglala Sioux, Rosebud Sioux and … Continue reading

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Tribal Comments Needed for Notice for Proposed Model Family Foster Home Licensing Standards

Here is the link. Comments are due by October 1. By April 1, 2019, title IV-E agencies, which include all states and 12 tribes, must provide the HHS specific and detailed information about: ○ Whether the state or tribal agency … Continue reading

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NYT: Interest Groups [Alaska Native Tribes Mostly] Turn Up Pressure on Senators Before Kavanaugh Vote

From the New York Times “We view ourselves in solidarity with our native Hawaiian brothers and sisters,” said Richard J. Peterson, the president of the Tlingit and Haida Indian tribes. “The fact that he questions their validity tells us that … Continue reading

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Rare Published Notice Opinion out of California Court of Appeals

In re EH (Fourth District, 1st Div). For reference, so far this year California has had 48 unpublished notice decisions and 19 unpublished inquiry decisions. This is the first published notice case this year. We agree with Mother that, considering Sally … Continue reading

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