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Native Sun News Today: Indian Child Welfare Act fight continues as South Dakota appeals lawsuitFiled Under: Law | National
Native Sun News Today: Indian Child Welfare Act fight continues as South Dakota appeals lawsuit (01/25)
For those who’ve lost children to a system that steals their identity, culture and connection to their families, and then subjects them to a system where many may languish unconnected for decades, the Indian Child Welfare Act appeared to be a Godsend.
Lakota Country Times: Another year of big news in Lakota territory Filed Under: National
Lakota Country Times: Another year of big news in Lakota territory (01/19)
Over the course of the last year Lakota Country has witnessed several events of a historical nature that will have a lasting impact.
Native Sun News Today: Northern Cheyenne Tribe recruits foster parentsFiled Under: National
Native Sun News Today: Northern Cheyenne Tribe recruits foster parents (01/18)
On the Northern Cheyenne Reservation there is a desperate need to recruit foster parents to handle a large case load of children determined to be in need of care.
Lakota Country Times: Historic decision for Indian Child Welfare ActFiled Under: Law | National
Lakota Country Times: Historic decision for Indian Child Welfare Act (01/17)
In a case that has national implications for the Indian Child Welfare Act, a federal judge has given one county in South Dakota very specific guidelines for how to conduct themselves.
Supreme Court declines petition in Indian Child Welfare Act caseFiled Under: Law | National
Supreme Court declines petition in Indian Child Welfare Act case (01/09)
A Choctaw Nation girl will remain with her relatives instead of being displaced by a non-Indian foster couple.
Native Sun News Today: Big decision in Indian Child Welfare Act case in South DakotaFiled Under: Law | National
Native Sun News Today: Big decision in Indian Child Welfare Act case in South Dakota (12/27)
The Indian Child Welfare Acts was passed by the United States Congress in 1978.
Native youth remain hopeful as nation transitions to new presidentFiled Under: Education | Health | National | Politics
Native youth remain hopeful as nation transitions to new president (11/30)
The #NoDAPL movement, preventing suicide and promoting educational opportunities are among the top priorities of the new generation in Indian Country.
Republicans get behind Donald Trump as new challenges emerge for tribesFiled Under: Health | Law | National | Politics | Trust
Republicans get behind Donald Trump as new challenges emerge for tribes (11/18)
Major hurdles include funding for Indian programs and understanding the incoming president's new leadership team.
Shingle Springs Band asserts jurisdiction in child welfare disputeFiled Under: Law | National
Shingle Springs Band asserts jurisdiction in child welfare dispute (10/31)
Another Indian Child Welfare Act battle is brewing in California.
Steve Russell: Indian people can barely afford justice in ArizonaFiled Under: Law | Opinion
Steve Russell: Indian people can barely afford justice in Arizona (10/10)
'How much justice can you afford? Do you feel lucky?'
California's highest court won't disrupt placement of Choctaw Nation girlFiled Under: Law | National
California's highest court won't disrupt placement of Choctaw Nation girl (09/15)
A non-Indian couple is now planning to take the case to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Native Sun News: Ruling awaited in Indian Child Welfare Act caseFiled Under: Law | National
Native Sun News: Ruling awaited in Indian Child Welfare Act case (08/30)
The state of South Dakota has been violating the due process rights of Indian parents and a provision of the Indian Child Welfare Act for decades ruled a federal judge last year and continues to violate them.
Matthew Fletcher: The Supreme Court and Indian Child Welfare ActFiled Under: Law | Opinion
Matthew Fletcher: The Supreme Court and Indian Child Welfare Act (08/24)
The next justice likely will have to sift through zealous, emotional attacks on ICWA, Indian tribes and Indian people.
Indian children over-represented in foster care system in MinnesotaFiled Under: Law | National
Indian children over-represented in foster care system in Minnesota (08/22)
Indian children are 2 percent of the state's child population and 24 percent of the foster care population.
Gila River Indian Community weighs options after losing Indian Child Welfare Act caseFiled Under: Law | National
Gila River Indian Community weighs options after losing Indian Child Welfare Act case (08/15)
A conservative group that want to invalidate the landmark Indian Child Welfare Act is representing the non-Indian foster couple in the dispute.
Native Sun News: Final ruling expected in Indian Child Welfare Act caseFiled Under: Law | National
Native Sun News: Final ruling expected in Indian Child Welfare Act case (08/12)
For those who've lost their Indian children to a system that steals their identity, culture and connection to their families of origin, a ruling expected next week on the Indian Child Welfare Act can be Godsend.
Native Sun News: Tribes honor author of Indian Child Welfare ActFiled Under: Law | National | Politics
Native Sun News: Tribes honor author of Indian Child Welfare Act (07/26)
The author of the Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978 and former-South Dakota State Senator, James Abourezk was recognized and honored this week by the Tribal Interior Budget Council.
Training sessions planned for final Indian Child Welfare Act ruleFiled Under: Law | National
Training sessions planned for final Indian Child Welfare Act rule (07/22)
The new rule requires state court systems and state welfare agencies to determine whether a child is Indian and whether ICWA applies to their proceedings.
California remains a battleground for Indian Child Welfare ActFiled Under: Law | National
California remains a battleground for Indian Child Welfare Act (07/21)
Tribal leaders have produced a detailed report that shows how little has changed when it comes to protecting Indian children.
Delphine Red Shirt: Our children need to be kept close to homeFiled Under: Opinion
Delphine Red Shirt: Our children need to be kept close to home (07/21)
When will we force ourselves to look into their worlds unflinchingly and build the home for children that we need at Pine Ridge?
Court won't disturb placement of Choctaw Nation girl in ICWA disputeFiled Under: Law | National
Court won't disturb placement of Choctaw Nation girl in ICWA dispute (07/11)
A foster family in California has begun claiming to incorporate 'Native American culture into their lives' as part of an attempt to keep the girl from living with her relatives.
Lawmakers set to take up funding bill for Indian Country programsFiled Under: Education | Health | National | Politics | Federal Recognition | Trust
Lawmakers set to take up funding bill for Indian Country programs (07/05)
The appropriations measure offers increases for the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Indian Health Service.
Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation in need of more foster familiesFiled Under: Opinion
Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation in need of more foster families (06/21)
The work of our Cherokee foster parents, child welfare workers and advocates is near and dear to my heart.
Final rule for Indian Child Welfare Act takes effect December 12Filed Under: Law | National
Final rule for Indian Child Welfare Act takes effect December 12 (06/15)
Tribes and tribal organizations say the new regulations will help prevent the breakup of families in their communities.
Leech Lake Band placed girl in foster home where she was killedFiled Under: Law | National
Leech Lake Band placed girl in foster home where she was killed (06/13)
Kira Rain Friedman, 2, died after reportedly being left unattended in a shower.
Anti-Indian Child Welfare Act attorney continues to question lawFiled Under: Law | National
Anti-Indian Child Welfare Act attorney continues to question law (06/10)
Despite losing in the courts, an attorney based in Washington, D.C., remains intent on undermining the 1978 law.
Final Indian Child Welfare Act rule goes into effect this DecemberFiled Under: Law | National | Politics
Final Indian Child Welfare Act rule goes into effect this December (06/09)
The 180-day time frame ensures the finished product will become law before the end of the Obama administration.
Bureau of Indian Affairs set to finalize Indian Child Welfare Act ruleFiled Under: Law | National
Bureau of Indian Affairs set to finalize Indian Child Welfare Act rule (06/08)
Congress passed ICWA in 1978 to prevent Indian children from being raised outside of their tribal communities.
Lakota Country Times: President Obama orders more compliance with ICWAFiled Under: Law | National | Politics
Lakota Country Times: President Obama orders more compliance with ICWA (04/25)
With the Indian Child Welfare Act facing a barrage of criticism and multiple lawsuits intended to undermine the law, the White House is stepping g forward to make sure that federal entities comply with it.
Bree Black Horse: An 'Indian' is still an 'Indian' under federal lawsFiled Under: Law | Opinion
Bree Black Horse: An 'Indian' is still an 'Indian' under federal laws (04/18)
The Federal Government’s definition of an 'Indian' is, in some instances, independent of an individual Indian’s tribal membership status.
Judge in South Dakota sanctioned in Indian Child Welfare Act caseFiled Under: Law | National
Judge in South Dakota sanctioned in Indian Child Welfare Act case (04/18)
A key document that was withheld from the Oglala Sioux Tribe and the Rosebud Sioux Tribe explains why Indian guardians lost 100 percent of cases before Judge Jeff Davis.
Conservative groups try to strike down Indian Child Welfare ActFiled Under: Law | National | Politics
Conservative groups try to strike down Indian Child Welfare Act (04/08)
One case argues that the 1978 law violates the U.S. Constitution because, in the eyes of conservatives, it only applies to one 'race' -- Indian children.
Justice Department official warns of Indian Child Welfare Act fightFiled Under: Law | National
Justice Department official warns of Indian Child Welfare Act fight (04/05)
Nearly four decades after ICWA's passage in 1978, the landmark law still hasn't been accepted by everyone in the adoption, foster care and child welfare industries.
California court won't upset placement of Choctaw Nation childFiled Under: Law | National
California court won't upset placement of Choctaw Nation child (03/31)
An attorney who has repeatedly challenged the Indian Child Welfare Act vowed to take the dispute to the U.S. Supreme Court if necessary.
Conservative website urges readers to contact Choctaw NationFiled Under: Law | National
Conservative website urges readers to contact Choctaw Nation (03/24)
The campaign against the Indian Child Welfare Act extends to conservative organizations and conservative media.
Anti-Indian Child Welfare Act lawyer pursues appeal in CaliforniaFiled Under: Law | National
Anti-Indian Child Welfare Act lawyer pursues appeal in California (03/23)
A Choctaw Nation girl is now living with relatives -- including a sibling -- in Utah but that isn't stopping a California couple from trying to claim custody.
Anti-Indian Child Welfare Act attorney takes on another disputeFiled Under: Law | National
Anti-Indian Child Welfare Act attorney takes on another dispute (03/22)
Despite losing in the court system, an attorney based in Washington, D.C., has succeed in drawing negative attention to the law and to the Choctaw Nation in a case from California.
Albert Bender: Stopping genocide of Indian children in South DakotaFiled Under: Law | Opinion
Albert Bender: Stopping genocide of Indian children in South Dakota (03/08)
This is not about just a legal ruling in the latest round of battling over the state's violation of the Indian Child Welfare Act. This is about the halting of genocide in America.
Bureau of Indian Affairs in final push as Obama era nears its endFiled Under: Law | National | Politics
Bureau of Indian Affairs in final push as Obama era nears its end (03/01)
Time is running out for federal agencies to ensure President Barack Obama's pro-tribal agenda continues regardless of the outcome of the upcoming election.
Native Sun News: State of South Dakota fails to stall Indian Child Welfare Act lawsuitFiled Under: Law | National
Native Sun News: State of South Dakota fails to stall Indian Child Welfare Act lawsuit (02/26)
A three year old class action lawsuit that alleges the state of South Dakota regularly violates the constitutional rights of Indian parents and the Indian Child Welfare Act may now move forward.
Updates from National Congress of American Indians winter session in D.C.Filed Under: Environment | Law | National | Politics | Trust
Updates from National Congress of American Indians winter session in D.C. (02/23)
Some highlights from the opening day of the National Congress of American Indians 2016 executive council winter session in Washington, D.C.
Bill John Baker: The Indian Child Welfare Act remains under attackFiled Under: Law | Opinion
Bill John Baker: The Indian Child Welfare Act remains under attack (01/06)
Thirty-seven years ago, the federal government passed a law to keep Indian children safe.
Kevin Washburn announces departure from Bureau of Indian Affairs postFiled Under: National | Politics
Kevin Washburn announces departure from Bureau of Indian Affairs post (12/10)
As expected, the Chickasaw Nation citizen will return to University of New Mexico School of Law, where he previously served as dean.
Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation children deserve loving homesFiled Under: Opinion
Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation children deserve loving homes (12/03)
This time of year let’s keep in mind those Cherokee children that need a loving, nurturing home.
BIA officers take children from Northern Cheyenne ReservationFiled Under: Law | National
BIA officers take children from Northern Cheyenne Reservation (12/02)
The boys were taken to the border of the reservation and given to their non-Indian father, who has custody rights.
Tom Cole and Betty McCollum: Doing what's best for Indian childrenFiled Under: Opinion
Tom Cole and Betty McCollum: Doing what's best for Indian children (12/01)
In recent years and especially in the past months, there has been sensationalized news coverage about the controversial adoptions of Native American children into non-tribal families or their placement into foster care.
Disenrollment from Pala Band affects children in ICWA caseFiled Under: Law
Disenrollment from Pala Band affects children in ICWA case (11/12)
The tribe objected when two children were put up for adoption but later removed them from the rolls.
South Dakota court rebukes judge at center of ICWA disputeFiled Under: Law | Politics
South Dakota court rebukes judge at center of ICWA dispute (11/11)
Judge Jeff Davis had barred all residents of Oglala Lakota County, formerly known as Shannon County, from serving on juries.
South Dakota agency sued for bias against Native applicantsFiled Under: Law | National
South Dakota agency sued for bias against Native applicants (11/03)
The Department of Social Services repeatedly passed over Native Americans while hiring non-Natives to work on the Pine Ridge Reservation, the Department of Justice alleged in a complaint.
Groups challenging Indian Child Welfare Act lose round in courtFiled Under: Law | National | Politics
Groups challenging Indian Child Welfare Act lose round in court (10/22)
Congress passed ICWA in 1978 to prevent the removal of Indian children from Indian homes but compliance remains uneven.
Pala Band takes steps to improve placement of foster childrenFiled Under: Law | National
Pala Band takes steps to improve placement of foster children (10/13)
The tribe is taking advantage of state and federal initiatives to protect its youth.
Omaha Tribe to start foster care system with grant from HHSFiled Under: Health | Law | National
Omaha Tribe to start foster care system with grant from HHS (09/25)
Indian children represent 5 percent of the foster care population in Nebraska even though they are just 2 percent of the entire child population.
Mike Myers: Attacks continue on our children and communitiesFiled Under: First Nations in Canada | Opinion
Mike Myers: Attacks continue on our children and communities (09/15)
Someone does need to be held accountable for the planning and execution of these pogroms against Indigenous families and children.
Timothy Davis: Indian Child Welfare Act protects sovereigntyFiled Under: Law | Opinion
Timothy Davis: Indian Child Welfare Act protects sovereignty (09/14)
We have cultural, historical, and political binding aspects directing our need to participate and be a part of our society.
Byron Dorgan: Indian parents put first priority on their childrenFiled Under: Opinion
Byron Dorgan: Indian parents put first priority on their children (09/07)
The Indian Child Welfare Act was passed to help keep native children safe and connected to their tribal nations.
Opinion: Indian Child Welfare Act doesn't help Indian childrenFiled Under: Opinion
Opinion: Indian Child Welfare Act doesn't help Indian children (09/03)
The nation still is stained by the sordid business of assigning group identities and rights.
South Dakota waits 13 years to arrest Crow Creek Sioux womanFiled Under: Law | National
South Dakota waits 13 years to arrest Crow Creek Sioux woman (08/20)
Attorney General Marty Jackley took credit for an arrest dating back to a criminal complaint filed in 2002 that itself was linked to an election-related crime in 1999.
Lakota Country Times: Indian Child Welfare Act is under attackFiled Under: Law | National
Lakota Country Times: Indian Child Welfare Act is under attack (08/20)
For most it would seem that keeping Native children with Native families is smart policy.
Monique Vondall-Rieke: Conservative group's faulty ICWA reportFiled Under: Law | Opinion
Monique Vondall-Rieke: Conservative group's faulty ICWA report (07/13)
The report by the Goldwater Institute fails to mention that keeping American Indian children in foster care is a multi-billion dollar business for state human service agencies.
Conservative group disputes legality of Indian Child Welfare ActFiled Under: Law | National
Conservative group disputes legality of Indian Child Welfare Act (07/08)
Speakers at a press conference made repeated reference to blood quantum, implying that children who may not appear to be Indian are not actually Indian.

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