Category Archives: ICWA

Notice of Appeal in Goldwater ICWA Litigation

As they promised they would, Goldwater filed their notice of appeal to the 9th Circuit in the Arizona ICWA class action case. Here. Order they are appealing is here. As always, documents in the case will be housed here.

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Op-Ed in Maclean’s About Canada’s Child Welfare Crisis

Here, by Pam Palmater. Canada’s numbers of Native children in care may be currently worse than pre-ICWA numbers in the United States (Task Force Four Report). The increasing number of First Nations children being placed into foster care in Canada is … Continue reading

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2017 Designated Contacts for ICWA Service

If you don’t use these, I will find out and talk about it in one of my presentations when I’m in your state. Or when I’m in other states. I travel a lot. Print them out and use them PLEASE: 2017-Designated … Continue reading

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The Rights of Indian Children ABA Article

The Rights of Indian Children: Indian Child Welfare Act Regulations | Section of Litigation : Children’s Rights Litigation | Section of Litigation The tribe I worked for decided to “bring the children home” through a focus on children in their … Continue reading

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A Right-Wing Think Tank Is Trying to Bring Down the Indian Child Welfare Act. Why? | The Nation

Here. Possibly the critical portion of this article is the last paragraph, which confirms that Goldwater has absolutely no interest whatsoever in helping Indian children: At Goldwater’s offices in Phoenix, Sandefur insisted that his case is about nothing more than … Continue reading

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Federal Oklahoma ICWA Case Dismissed as Moot

This lawsuit challenged the sections of the Oklahoma state ICWA statute (OICWA) concerning notice and intervention of tribes in voluntary proceedings. This case was first filed back in the summer of 2015. On March 31st, the Court agreed with Cherokee … Continue reading

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Published Notice Case out of the Colorado Court of Appeals

In re LL The Court uses the federal regulations and guidelines to determine each participant’s role in inquiry and notice, and remands for proper notice. Unfortunately, the Court then goes on to hold that the higher standard of proof for … Continue reading

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Final Report of the California ICWA Compliance Task Force

Report: ICWA Compliance Task Force – Final Report 2017 Press Release: Task Force Presents California Attorney General with Recommendations for Protecting Safety, Civil Rights of Tribal Children

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Goldwater Litigation on the Constitutionality of ICWA Dismissed Without Prejudice

This is the attempted class action litigation claiming ICWA violated the Constitution.This is a big win for ICWA and the legal advocates who worked on this case at the state, federal, and tribal levels. Here is the Order. The legal … Continue reading

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New Article on Structural Racism and Court Appointed Special Advocates

If you sat in on a class I taught last week, you’d know this is my new favorite article: Here. This paper turns attention away from discussions of the race and economic poverty of the families most affected by the … Continue reading

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