Tag Archives: MIFPA
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 →
Here is SB 616. Here is the press release. Here is some news coverage. This bill was driven entirely by the tribes in Michigan–especially the in-house ICWA attorneys and tribal social workers who have been expressing concern with not getting enough … Continue reading →
At the Michigan Supreme Court: Order Granting Review Appellant (Father)’s Brief Appellee (Macomb County/State)’s Brief Sault Tribe Amicus Brief (MSU Indian Law Clinic, ICWA Appellate Project co-wrote this brief) American Indian Law Section_AmicusBrief Appellant Reply Oral Argument Scheduling Order
Here. This is an unpublished termination of parental rights out of the Minnesota Court of Appeals. Here is the concurrence in its entirety:: With a backdrop of historical trauma and a high number of Indian children being removed from their … Continue reading →
Here is the opinion in In re Detmer/Beaudry. The question of whether an involuntary removal of a child triggers ICWA if the child is not placed in “foster home or institution or home of a guardian or conservator” 25 U.S.C. 1903(1)(i) is … Continue reading →
Here is the opinion. After two years, the Minnesota federal district court dismissed the voluntary adoption case challenging the provisions of the Minnesota Indian Family Preservation Act (MIFPA) allowing for notice and intervention of a child’s tribe in the proceedings. … Continue reading →
Unreported Notice case (parent challenge, no indication child was eligible for tribal citizenship): In re Applewhiate Reported case: In re JJW_Opinion The MSU Indian Law Clinic/ICWA Appellate Project co-authored the Tribe’s brief in In re JJW.
Here. From the Michigan Court Improvement Program. New and updated for 2017! Now with MIFPA and the Regulations!
Announcement here. All of the comments submitted on this rule were in support of it–I’m pretty sure I thanked everyone personally, but thank you again to everyone who did.
Proposed Court Rule in Michigan to Waive Pro Hac Fees and Other Limits for Out of State Tribal ICWA Attorneys
Here. In ICWA cases, the tribe has a right of intervention in whatever state court is hearing the case of the tribal child. While it is true that the “tribal representative” does not have to be attorneys, when they are attorneys, there … Continue reading →