ICWA Appellate Project


The ICWA Appellate Project is a part of the Indian Law Clinic at MSU College of Law. We work for tribes to provide appellate support through technical assistance, brief drafting, research, a document bank, and networking information for tribal ICWA attorneys.

Federal Materials:

ICWA Final Rule/Regulation WITH Front Matter (100 pages)

ICWA Final Rule/Regulation without Front Matter (13 pages)

Guidelines for Implementing the Indian Child Welfare Act

Designated Tribal Agents for ICWA Notice

Posts about the ICWA Final Rule

Baby Girl Materials

Comprehensive State ICWA Laws

S.B. 678 (California)


MIFPA (Michigan)

MIFPA (Minnesota)

Nebraska ICWA

OICWA (Oklahoma)

WICWA (Washington)

WICWA (Wisconsin)

Federal Challenges to ICWA

The ICWA Defense Project is a coalition of NICWA, NARF, NCAI, and the ICWA Appellate Project to provide assistance and updates to tribes and other interested partners on the federal challenges to ICWA. Information and contacts on this project are available in the ICWA Defense Project Memo:

ICWA Defense Project Memo April 10, 2017  (describing the federal cases and latest filings, and providing contact information for questions).

Open Case Materials

Documents in A.D. v. Washburn (Goldwater Litigation) (on appeal to 9th Cir.)

Posts on Oglala Sioux Tribe v. Fleming (Van Hunnik)(on appeal to 8th Cir)

Documents in Doe v. Piper (Minnesota IFPA Litigation) (awaiting decision)

Closed Case Materials from 2015-present

Documents for In re Alexandria P. (Cert Denied)

Documents in C.E.S. (Donn) v. Nelson (Michigan IFPA Litigation) (dismissed without prejudice)

Documents in Doe v. Pruitt (OICWA Litigation) (dismissed)

Documents in Nat’l Council for Adoption v. Jewell (Guidelines Litigation)(dismissed as moot)

Documents in Renteria v. Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians (dismissed, in state court)

Documents in Watso v. Jacobson (dismissed)

Turtle Talk Posts

All ICWA tagged posts

6 Responses to ICWA Appellate Project

  1. Pingback: Federal ICWA Litigation Documents | Turtle Talk

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  3. Pingback: Fletcher: “The Next Justice’s Impact On The Indian Child Welfare Act” (law360.com) | Turtle Talk

  4. Pingback: Updated ICWA Defense Project Memo | Turtle Talk

  5. Pingback: Goldwater Litigation on the Constitutionality of ICWA Dismissed Without Prejudice | Turtle Talk

  6. Pingback: Federal Oklahoma ICWA Case Dismissed as Moot | Turtle Talk

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