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Conference focuses on Indian Child Welfare Act

On a day designed to help Mississippi child protection professionals, judges and other service providers understand the Indian Child Welfare Act, experts from various parts of the country explained the act and shared personal experiences Thursday.

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10/11/2017

article Minnesota Parents File Suit Over Tribal Court Custody Cases
(Minnesota) -- Some Minnesota parents are banding together to try and change state policy when it comes to custody of American Indian children. They say Minnesota is not...

9/22/2017

article ‘She’s Our Daughter’: Couple Blocked From Adopting Girl Fights For Parental Rights
(Minnesota) -- A Minneapolis couple says they are trying to give a 6-year-old girl a better life, but tribal law is preventing that from happening. Jason and Danielle...

9/5/2017

article New court aims to keep Native American foster kids connected to family, culture
(Montana) -- Bonnie Littlesun is raising eight children, all but one of whom are her grandkids, and she wouldn’t have it any other way. “They’re crazy...

8/19/2017

article BLOG: PLF urges Supreme Court to review constitutionality of the Indian Child Welfare Act
(Washington D.C.) -- PLF filed this friend of the court brief at the Supreme Court today, urging the Court to take Goldwater Institute‘s challenge to the Indian...

8/11/2017

article Conference focuses on Indian Child Welfare Act
(Mississippi) -- On a day designed to help Mississippi child protection professionals, judges and other service providers understand the Indian Child Welfare Act,...

8/10/2017

article Conference focuses on Indian Child Welfare Act
(Mississippi) -- On a day designed to help Mississippi child protection professionals, judges and other service providers understand the Indian Child Welfare Act,...

8/7/2017

article Indian Child Welfare Act Conference set for Thursday at Choctaw
(Oklahoma) -- The seventh annual Indian Child Welfare Act Conference is scheduled Thursday at the Silver Star Convention Center at Choctaw. Tribal leaders and as many as...

8/2/2017

article Our View: Law meant to protect tribal kids could put them in harm’s way
(Arizona) -- An odd child custody case involving a local family could have nationwide implications. Lake Havasu City attorney Brad Rideout, working with the Arizona-...

7/25/2017

article Justices Asked To Weigh Indian Family Law In Custody Battle [sub req]
(Washington D.C.) -- The conservative Goldwater Institute has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to weigh a federal law to protect Indian families that it says doesn’t...

7/21/2017

article U.S. Supreme Court asked to weigh Havasu lawyer’s case
(Arizona) -- Two La Paz County children could be the subject of a hearing in the U.S. Supreme Court. The children, ages 15 and 17, were the center of a 2016 custody...

6/23/2017

article Tribal child welfare vetted in wake of state investigation, grand jury report
(California) -- A significant portion of the child abuse and neglect reports that the Humboldt County grand jury states have been falling through the cracks because of...

6/22/2017

article PEMBER: How the Indian Child Welfare Act Preserves and Strengthens American Indian Families
(Wisconsin) -- To this day, I have no idea what made me call my tribal Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) office back in January 2005. “No, there are no children who...

6/20/2017

article Intercession of tribes limited during adoption of Native children
(Arizona) -- The ability of tribes to intercede in the adoption of Native American children not living on the reservation is limited and not absolute, the Arizona...

6/17/2017

article Arizona court rules against tribe in girl's adoption
(Arizona) -- The Arizona Supreme Court has ruled in favor of a couple trying to adopt a Native American girl despite protests from a tribe over a decades-old act that...

6/16/2017

article Arizona Supreme Court Clears Way For Adoption of American Indian Child by Non-Native Parents
(Arizona) -- In considering the rights of Native American foster children, should the emphasis be placed on their status as Native Americans or as children?

6/15/2017

article Arizona Supreme Court: Tribal rights in adoptions not absolute
(Arizona) -- The ability of tribes to intercede in adoption of Native American children not living on the reservation is limited and not absolute, the Arizona Supreme...

6/14/2017

article Arizona Supreme Court ruling allows non-Native American couple to adopt Native child
(Arizona) -- A non-Native American couple can adopt a Native American child,the state Supreme Court decided Tuesday in a ruling that clarifies the limits of a federal...

6/13/2017

article Arizona court rules against tribe in girl's adoption
(Arizona) -- The Arizona Supreme Court has ruled in favor of a couple trying to adopt a Native American girl despite protests from a tribe over a decades-old act that...
article Arizona Supreme Court limits right of tribes to intercede in adoption cases
(Arizona) -- The ability of tribes to intercede in the adoption of Native American children not living on the reservation is limited and not absolute, the Arizona...

6/1/2017

article Christians Only: The New Anti-Native Adoption Law in Texas
(Texas) -- Texas, following South Dakota, has passed a law that will enable adoption services to refuse adoptions to non-Christians. The new law travels under the...

4/17/2017

article Indian community attorneys argue before AZ Supreme Court to protect Indian children
(Arizona) -- Attorneys for the Gila River Indian Community this morning made oral arguments before the Arizona Supreme Court in a controversial case involving which...

4/13/2017

article A Right-Wing Think Tank Is Trying to Bring Down the Indian Child Welfare Act. Why?
(Arizona) -- On the wall above his desk, attorney Timothy Sandefur keeps a copy of The Liberator, a 186-year-old abolitionist newspaper that features an etching of a...

4/5/2017

article A Right-Wing Think Tank Is Trying to Bring Down the Indian Child Welfare Act. Why?
(Arizona) -- On the wall above his desk, attorney Timothy Sandefur keeps a copy of The Liberator, a 186-year-old abolitionist newspaper that features an etching of a...

4/1/2017

article Attorney general: compliance with tribal child custody law a ‘priority’
(California) -- A coalition of California tribal governments, including two from the North Coast, say the state has taken a ‘monumental’ step toward...

3/31/2017

article Butte County sees upsurge in Indian Child Welfare Act cases
(South Dakota) -- Butte County State’s Attorney Cassie Wendt presented to the Butte County Commission during its March 21 meeting, delineating to the commission...

3/20/2017

article Federal judge throws out Arizona challenge to Indian Child Welfare Act
(Arizona) -- A judge has thrown out a challenge to a federal law that critics claim is racist because it places the desires and rights of Native American tribes over the...
article Federal Law Will Stand Despite Challenge That It Places Tribal Interest Over Children's Safety
(Arizona) -- A federal judge has thrown out a challenge to a nearly 40-year old law originally written to re-unite Native American children with tribal relatives. Two...

3/18/2017

article Judge upholds tribal rights in adoptions
(Arizona) -- A federal judge has thrown out a bid to void federal laws that challengers claim is racist because it places the desires and rights of Native American...

3/17/2017

article Federal court finds no child endangered by Indian adoption law
(Arizona) -- A federal judge threw out a bid March 16 to void federal laws that challengers claim is racist because it places the desires and rights of Native American...

3/13/2017

article HANNEL: Skirting the Indian Child Welfare Act Is a Lucrative Business
(USA) -- Removal of Indian children from their homes appears to be a lucrative business in South Dakota, to the tune of “almost a hundred million dollars a year,...

3/12/2017

article Skirting the Indian Child Welfare Act Is a Lucrative Business
(South Dakota) -- Removal of Indian children from their homes appears to be a lucrative business in South Dakota, to the tune of “almost a hundred million dollars...

3/3/2017

article Opinion: Centuries Old Practice of Removing Indian Children From Their Homes Continues Despite ICWA
(South Dakota) -- On January 22, 1818, the House Committee on Indian Affairs reported that Indian children “will grow up in habits of morality and industry…...

2/28/2017

article South Dakota Child Welfare: Where Kangaroo Court Is Always in Session
(South Dakota) -- Of all the crimes against children committed in the name of “child protection,” none is worse than when white America weaponized child...

2/22/2017

article In South Dakota, Officials Defied a Federal Judge and Took Indian Kids Away From Their Parents in Rigged Proceedings
(South Dakota) -- During the mid-1970s, Congress confirmed what Indian tribes had been saying for decades: State and local social workers and judges were aggressively...
article Petition granted: Gila River Indian Community will argue before Arizona Supreme Court to protect indian children
(Arizona) -- The Arizona Supreme Court has granted the petition for review filed by attorneys for the Gila River Indian Community, giving the Community the opportunity...

2/12/2017

article Indian Child Welfare and Wellness conference to be held Feb. 22-24
(North Dakota) -- The Indian Child Welfare and Wellness Conference will be held Feb. 22-24 at the Baymont Inn and Suites in Mandan.

2/3/2017

article A hope for change: Indian Child Welfare Court aims for better outcomes for Native American families
(Minnesota) -- Samantha Jackson balanced her 9-month-old baby, Elias, carefully on her lap inside 6th Judicial District Judge Sally Tarnowski's courtroom one January...

1/28/2017

article Indian Child Welfare Court in Duluth aims for better outcomes for Native American families
(Minnesota) -- Samantha Jackson balanced her 9-month-old baby, Elias, carefully on her lap inside 6th Judicial District Judge Sally Tarnowski's courtroom one January...

1/17/2017

article Lakota Country Times: Historic decision for Indian Child Welfare Act
(South Dakota) -- In a case that has national implications for how state courts are supposed to conduct 48-hour custody hearings involving Native American children a...
article State, county officials appeal ruling on Native children case
(South Dakota) -- South Dakota and Pennington County officials filed an appeal Friday challenging U.S. District Court rulings that ordered changes in their handling of...

1/11/2017

article ICWA: Supreme Court Denies Hearing in Lexi Case
(Washington D.C.) -- On Monday, January 9, the United States Supreme Court refused to hear the In re Alexandria P. case (also known as “Lexi”) in which non-...
article SCOTUS turns down Indian Child Welfare Act challenge brought by foster parents of Choctaw girl
(Washington D.C.) -- The U.S. Supreme Court declined on Monday to hear a foster family’s challenge to the adoption of their former foster daughter under the Indian...

1/10/2017

article Supreme Court won't hear American Indian girl's custody case
(Washington D.C.) -- Family members said Monday they were disappointed that the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear a case involving their former foster daughter, a girl...

1/9/2017

article Supreme Court declines petition in Indian Child Welfare Act case
(Washington D.C.) -- Tribes can breath a sigh of relief now that the U.S. Supreme Court has refused to hear a high-profile Indian Child Welfare Act case. Without comment...
article Supreme Court won't hear Native American girl's custody case
(Washington D.C.) -- Family members said Monday they were disappointed that the U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear a case involving their former foster daughter, a...
article YELLOW JOURNALISM: Supremes divide family, little Indian girl permanently
(Washington D.C.) -- U.S. Supreme Court justices on Monday made permanent a divide between a potential adoptive family and a little girl whose biological family had...

1/7/2017

article Family fights to keep tribe from taking child
(Arizona) -- Four-year-old Dakota is a superhero, Spider-Man more specifically. He darts through the house from room-to-room, occasionally peeking around a corner to see...

12/31/2016

article Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Roberts Announces Updated BIA Guidelines to Strengthen Implementation of the Indian Child Welfare Act
(Washington D.C.) -- Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs Lawrence S. Roberts today announced final, updated Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA)...

12/29/2016

article Native Sun News Today: Big decision in Indian Child Welfare Act case in South Dakota
(South Dakota) -- The Indian Child Welfare Acts was passed by the United States Congress in 1978. The Act is a federal law:

12/13/2016

press release UMD Leads American Indian Child Welfare Act Project
(Minnesota) -- The University of Minnesota Duluth's Department of Social work received a significant federal grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human...

12/12/2016

article New ICWA Rules Go Into Effect For Native American Foster Care, Adoption Proceedings
(Washington D.C.) -- Family court judges will now be required to ask whether a child is Native American as part of all foster care and adoption proceedings. That’s...

12/1/2016

article Indian Child Welfare Act could come under scrutiny of Supreme Court
(Washington D.C.) -- The U.S. Supreme Court has been asked to hear a case related to the removal of a 1/64 Native American girl from her potential adoptive family in...

11/23/2016

article WND: Supremes asked to return 'Indian' girl to only family she's known
(California) -- The U.S. Supreme Court, which only a few years ago in the case “Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl” exempted a child with Indian heritage from the...

10/30/2016

article Girls caught in custody battle after parents are killed in head-on collision
(California) -- On a ditch bank south of Fresno stands a white cross, marking the December 2015 deaths of Matthew Cuellar, 26, and his 24-year-old wife, Sharnae Cuellar....

10/5/2016

article Couple Wants Quick Win In Okla. Tribal Adoption Law Fight [sub req]
(Oklahoma) -- An anonymous couple moved for a quick win on Monday in their federal court challenge to the Oklahoma Indian Child Welfare Act’s requirement that...

9/22/2016

article Group to Protest Goldwater Institute's Anti-ICWA Suit in Phoenix
(Arizona) -- On Friday, September 23, 2016, a group of Native Americans will be protesting at the Goldwater Institute in Phoenix, Arizona, in response to that...

9/7/2016

article Native American Foster Children Suffer Under a Law Originally Meant to Help Them
(Arizona) -- There are two portraits on display in Jennifer’s Mesa living room. Two little boys. Dark-eyed with chubby cheeks, impish grins, and thick, black hair...

8/30/2016

article State Court of Appeals allows non-native family to adopt Gila River child
(Arizona) -- Over the objections of a tribe, the state Court of Appeals has allowed a non-Indian family to adopt the child of a Native American mother. In a unanimous...

8/21/2016

article Indian kids in foster crisis
(Minnesota) -- From his bench on the second floor of Hennepin County’s juvenile courthouse, Judge Luis Bartolomei will determine the future of five American Indian...

8/18/2016

article ANTI-NATIVE BLOG: Rights foundation files brief supporting Lexi
(California) -- An Arizona civil rights organization on Thursday filed a brief at the California Supreme Court in support of the effort to return Lexi, a 6-year-old girl...

8/17/2016

article Federal judge to issue new rules for local courts on ICWA cases
(South Dakota) -- U.S. District Court Judge Jeffrey Viken expressed dismay Wednesday that he has received no help from Pennington County officials drafting a court order...

8/16/2016

article Gila River Indian Community weighs options after losing Indian Child Welfare Act case
(Arizona) -- The Gila River Indian Community waited too long to assert jurisdiction in an Indian Child Welfare Act case, an Arizona court ruled last week. The tribe...

8/15/2016

article Gila River Indian Community: Governor decries adoption ruling
(Arizona) -- Over the objections of a tribe, the state Court of Appeals has allowed a non-Indian family to adopt the child of a Native American mother. In a unanimous...
article MORON ALERT: Family appeals to California Supreme Court for Lexi's return
(California) -- The California family denied by the California Court of Appeals in their effort to regain custody of 6-year-old Lexi, a foster child who had never known...

8/14/2016

article Court Rules for Choctaw Family in Adoption Case
(California) -- A California court of appeals delivered a fresh blow to a foster family seeking custody of a 6-year-old Native American girl, finding it in her best...
article Arizona court rejects tribe's appeal in girl's adoption case
(Arizona) -- A state appeals court has ruled that Arizona's Gila River Indian Community acted too late in trying to intervene in the adoption of a Native American...

8/13/2016

article Arizona court rules against tribe in adoption case
(Arizona) -- Over the objections of a tribe, the state Court of Appeals has allowed a non-Indian family to adopt the child of a Native American mother.

8/12/2016

article Native Sun News: Final ruling expected in Indian Child Welfare Act case
(South Dakota) -- 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...

8/10/2016

article Choctaw tribe works to prevent need for foster care
(Oklahoma) -- The Choctaw tribe is working to find new ways to help children and families prevent the need for foster care. Tribal judges, attorneys and social workers...

7/28/2016

article Report: Compliance with Indian Child Welfare Act spotty
(California) -- When it was first passed into federal law nearly 40 years ago, the Indian Child Welfare Act was a beacon of hope for many in the Native American...

7/26/2016

article Native Sun News: Tribes honor author of Indian Child Welfare Act
(South Dakota) -- 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...

7/15/2016

article Foster family won't give up on Lexi, despite legal setback
(California) -- A 6-year-old girl with Native American heritage will remain with her relatives in Utah under a court ruling last week but the Santa Clarita foster...
article Law not protecting Indian children, report finds
(California) -- As the 40th anniversary of a federal law meant to protect Native American children nears, some California institutions still aren’t following it...
article California Rule in Indian Custody Cases Invalidated
(California) -- The California Supreme Court on Thursday said a state court rule intended to protect Indian children caught in custody proceedings is invalid because it...

7/12/2016

article Santa Clarita foster family won’t give up on Lexi despite legal setback
(California) -- A 6-year-old girl with Native American heritage will remain with her relatives in Utah under a court ruling last week but the Santa Clarita foster...
article Court won't disturb placement of Choctaw Nation girl in ICWA dispute
(California) -- A Choctaw Nation girl will remain with her relatives after a court of appeals in California rejected a challenge on Friday. The court found no "good...

7/10/2016

article Foster parents lose appeals fight for girl 1/64 Native American
(California) -- A California appeals court affirmed on Friday a lower court’s decision to remove a 6-year-old girl with Native American ancestry from her foster...

7/9/2016

article Appeals Court: ‘Lexi’ to Remain with Family Members
(California) -- The decision to reunite the girl known as “Lexi” with her relatives in Utah stands, the 2nd District Court of Appeals ruled Friday. The 6-...
article Choctaw Tribe Prevails in ICWA Case in California Appeals Court
(California) -- The Court of Appeal of the State of California – Second Appellate District upheld a lower court’s decision on Friday, July 8, 2016 that used...
article Foster family of girl, six, who was taken from them after four years because she is 1.5 percent Native American lose appeal to bring her home
(California) -- The six-year-old California girl who was ripped away from her foster family because she has 1.5 percent Native American blood will not be allowed to...
article Santa Clarita family wants to take tribal custody case to state Supreme Court
(California) -- The foster parents of a 6-year-old Native American girl pledged Friday to take their fight to keep her to the state Supreme Court after a lower court...
article BLOG: Lori Alvino McGill – A “Rising Star” Falling Rapidly
(USA) -- Standing Our Ground for Children posted a story yesterday – Another Foster Care Case where the foster family is claiming that they have more rights than a...

7/8/2016

article Foster parents lose appeals fight for Native American girl
(California) -- A California appeals court affirmed on Friday a lower court's decision to remove a six-year-old girl with Native American ancestry from her foster...
article LET THE IDIOT SPEAK: Devastating setback for little 'Indian' girl ripped from family
(California) -- A devastating setback has struck the family of Lexi, the little girl now living somewhere in Utah, ripped from her southern California home by the state...

7/2/2016

article Indian Child Welfare Act
(Montana) -- For the first time since 1978 changes are being made to the Federal Indian Child Welfare Act and how it affects families, The Act says to "protect the...

6/20/2016

article LETTER: Don't blame an Indian adoption law for the custody fight over a Choctaw child
(California) -- To the editor: People need to realize that the 6-year-old Choctaw girl removed from a Santa Clarita foster home would not have been with that family for...

6/19/2016

article Custody dispute hinges on tribal court decision
(Michigan) -- Three Traverse City children are stuck in the center of a custody dispute — a complex web that pulls together the Indian Child Welfare Act, the...

6/16/2016

article New federal rule aims to help Native children remain in tribal communities
(Washington D.C.) -- Advocates for Alaska Native children are cheering a new federal regulation that they say could help keep Native children from being removed from...

6/11/2016

article Appellate court hears Santa Clarita family's appeal in tribal custody case
(California) -- The best interests of a 6-year-old Native American girl who was removed from her longtime foster parents in Santa Clarita earlier this year were debated...
article Foster parents continue legal fight for Native American girl
(California) -- Lawyers for a foster family who had to give up a 6-year-old girl with Native American heritage returned to court in Los Angeles on Friday in the latest...
article State appeals court hears arguments in battle over part-Choctaw girl
(California) -- The custody battle over a 6-year-old girl heated up on Friday, as a state appeals court heard arguments from both sides. Lexi is part Native American and...

6/10/2016

article Anti-Indian Child Welfare Act attorney continues to question law
(Washington D.C.) -- An attorney based in Washington, D.C., remains intent on undermining the Indian Child Welfare Act. Lori Alvino McGill, partner at Wilkinson Walsh +...
article California foster parents continue fight for Indian girl
(California) -- The scene was wrenching: A sobbing 6-year-old girl, clutching a stuffed bear as her foster father carries her away from the only home she has known for...
article Interior Secretary Says Changes To Indian Child Welfare Act 'Close Loopholes'
(Washington) -- A day after tribal leaders and governors in all 50 states received a letter from the Bureau of Indian Affairs, U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell paid...

6/9/2016

article Final Indian Child Welfare Act rule goes into effect this December
(Washington D.C.) -- A new Indian Child Welfare Act rule that was finalized by the Bureau of Indian Affairs this week goes into effect in December.
article New Indian Child Welfare Act rule further protects Native American families
(New Mexico) -- Under a new federal law, judges in all states are now required to ask whether a child is Native American during foster care and adoption proceedings.
article NICWA Executive Director Commends Bureau of Indian Affairs on New Indian Child Welfare Act Regulations
(Oregon) -- In response to yesterday’s announcement of new Indian Child Welfare Act regulations, National Indian Child Welfare Association Executive Director Dr....
article Judgment Day for little 'Indian' girl ripped from family
(Washington D.C.) -- The mother and child reunion may be only a legal motion away, to paraphrase Paul Simon. The California Court of Appeals will hear arguments Friday...

6/8/2016

press release BIA issues regulations to strengthen ICWA
(Washington D.C.) -- Acting Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs Lawrence S. Roberts today announced final, updated measures to protect the rights of Indian...
article Breaking: BIA Publishes Final ICWA Rule
(Washington D.C.) -- Underscoring Congress’s intent to protect the cohesiveness of Indian children, families and communities in state welfare proceedings, Acting...
article Judges must ask youths' tribal status under new rule
(Washington D.C.) -- A new federal rule will require judges in every state to ask whether a child is a Native American during foster-care and adoption proceedings. Under...
article Vigil Held To Help ‘Bring Lexi Home’ After 6-Year-Old Is Removed From Foster Family Because Of Indian Child Welfare Act
(California) -- Oral arguments begin Friday in the case of a Santa Clarita couple trying to regain custody of a 6-year-old Native American girl who was taken from their...
article YELLOW JOURNALISM: Judgment Day for little 'Indian' girl ripped from family
(California) -- The mother and child reunion may be only a legal motion away, to paraphrase Paul Simon. The California Court of Appeals will hear arguments Friday...

5/18/2016

article American Indian child 'welfare' law under fire
(USA) -- A child-welfare law passed by Congress nearly four decades ago specifically to protect Native American children and preserve their cultural heritage is under...
article HATE BLOG: Judges will hear pleas June 10 for Lexi to come home
(California) -- A California court on June 10 will hear arguments on behalf of a foster family seeking to regain custody of a 6-year-old girl who was forcibly removed in...

5/11/2016

article MORON ALERT: ICWA Puts Tribes’ Interests Ahead of Children’s
(USA) -- On November 26, 2013, a Spirit Lake Indian reservation woman was sentenced to 30 years in prison for throwing her step-grandaughter down an embankment and...

4/26/2016

article Lakota Country Times: President Obama orders more compliance with ICWA
(Washington D.C.) -- 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...

4/24/2016

article Iowa commission told of lack of Native American foster homes
(Iowa) -- A state panel is mulling what to do about a lack of foster homes for Native American children in northwestern Iowa.

4/18/2016

article WND: New hope for family fighting to keep 'Indian' girl
(California) -- The attorney for the family of a foster child named Lexi, whose plight has become a cause celebre, informed WND they have received the news they were...
article YELLOW JOURNALISM: Family Fights To Regain Girl Wiuth Indian Blood
(Washington) -- “She melted hearts.” Every child is special. Every parent knows that. But Lexi was different. She stood out. She had a special charm. At...

4/13/2016

article ‘Save Lexi’ foster father, attorney talk about ongoing custody battle in California
(California) -- It's been three weeks since Los Angeles County removed 6-year-old Lexi from the Page family's home in California. Since that time, she has not...

4/12/2016

article MORON ALERT: Foster Dad Breaks Down the Latest in His Battle to Bring Back the 6-Year-Old Girl
(California) -- A foster family that lost custody of a 6-year-old girl due to the 1978 Indian Child Welfare Act — a federal law mandating that “Indian...

4/11/2016

article YELLOW JOURNALISM: Judge in Lexi's case allowed tribal 'blessing' in courtroom
(California) -- Supporters of Lexi, a 6-year-old who was forcibly removed from her foster family because she is 1.5 percent Native American, plan to hold a prayer vigil...

4/9/2016

article 38 Years After ICWA, Feds to Collect Data on Native American Foster Youth
(Washington D.C.) -- The Administration for Children and Families, a division of the Department of Health and Human Services, plans for the first time to collect...
article American Indian Law Review Symposium to spotlight ICWA
(Oklahoma) -- The University of Oklahoma College of Law will host the American Indian Law Review’s annual Indigenous Peoples, Law, and Power Symposium Friday,...

4/8/2016

article Why A Conservative Legal Organization Is Desperately Trying To Kill The Indian Child Welfare Act
(USA) -- “May 2013: The Spirit Lake Sioux tribe used the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) to remove Laurynn Whiteshield and her twin sister from the foster family...
article American Indian Law Review Symposium to spotlight Indian Child Welfare Act
(Oklahoma) -- The University of Oklahoma College of Law will host the American Indian Law Review’s annual Indigenous Peoples, Law, and Power Symposium Friday,...
article Being Choctaw in This Moment
(USA) -- Perhaps the title should be “Being Indigenous in this Moment” because surely my brothers and sisters from other tribes, nations, and countries can...

4/7/2016

article Breaking: Federal Agency Publishes Proposed Rule, Announces Major Grant to Implement ICWA
(Washington D.C.) -- Signaling continued federal intent to support the Indian Child Welfare Act, today the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) under the...

4/5/2016

article Raymond Schwab, former hunger striker, continues criticism of DCF
(Kansas) -- A former Topeka veteran’s public battle with the Department for Children and Families continued Tuesday with an advocate for Raymond Schwab leveling...
press release Obama Admin. Vows ‘Robust Implementation’ of Indian Child Welfare Act
(Washington D.C.) -- In keeping with President Obama’s commitment to supporting Indian families and fostering resilient, thriving tribal communities through his...

4/1/2016

article Former social worker begs 'adults';: Do right by Lexi
(California) -- A social worker who was assigned for several years to Lexi, the 6-year-old forcibly taken from the only home she’s ever known because she’s 1...

3/31/2016

article State Supreme Court will not hear Santa Clarita family's appeal in tribal custody case
(California) -- The California Supreme Court will not hear an appeal from a Santa Clarita family to return their longtime foster daughter, who is part Native American,...
article WND: California justices turn thumbs down on helping Lexi
(California) -- Justices on the California Supreme Court on Wednesday gave a thumbs down to requests for them to help Lexi, a 6-year-old who’s never known another...

3/30/2016

article California Supreme Court Denies Appeal in Lexi Case
(California) -- Today the California Supreme Court denied a petition to reconsider a state appellate court ruling in the case of a 6-year-old Choctaw Nation tribal...
article California Supreme Court won't intervene in move of part Native American girl
(California) -- The California Supreme Court on Wednesday refused to intervene in the case of a 6-year-old girl with Native American ancestry who was removed from her...
article California Supreme Court won’t intervene in Choctaw girl’s move
(California) -- The state Supreme Court refused Wednesday to overturn a lower court ruling that authorized the removal of a 6-year-old girl of partial Choctaw lineage...
article Choctaw Child's Blood Relatives Prevail in Court Fight with Foster Family
(California) -- The state Supreme Court refused today to overturn a lower court ruling that authorized the removal of a 6-year-old girl of partial Choctaw lineage from...
press release MORON ALERT: Not Just Lexi: ICWA Hurting Untold Children Across U.S.
(North Dakota) -- On March 21, a 6-year-old girl of 1/64 Choctaw ancestry was taken crying from her home by social services, placed in a car, and driven to another state...

3/28/2016

article Indian Children's Law in Choctaw Foster Case Praised by Some, Criticized by Others
(California) -- A California couple's fight to reunite with a 6-year-old foster child who was taken from their home last week because she is 1/64th Choctaw Native...
article Inside the Agonizing Custody Fight Over Six-Year-Old Lexi
(California) -- Lexi loves horses and art. Like many six-year-olds, she’s obsessed with the animated super-dog Bolt, and she spends her weekends playing with her...

3/27/2016

article Indian Children's Law in Choctaw Foster Case Praised by Some, Criticized by Others
(USA) -- A California couple's fight to reunite with a 6-year-old foster child who was taken from their home last week because she is 1/64th Choctaw Native American...
article Inside the Agonizing Custody Fight Over Lexi Page
(USA) -- Lexi loves horses and art. Like many six-year-olds, she’s obsessed with the animated super-dog Bolt, and she spends her weekends playing with her three...
article MORON ALERT: An obsession with racial identity is put above the needs of a child
(New York) -- What would make a state official take a 6-year-old girl from a family she has lived with for four years to place her with distant relatives who haven...
article Parents Plead for Return of 1/64 Choctaw Native American Foster Child
(South Carolina) -- The foster parents of a 6-year-old Native American girl who was taken from their California home earlier this week due to a controversial federal law...
article Why The "Save Lexi" Campaign Is Devastating For Me, A Foster Mom
(USA) -- I watched the whole thing with my hand clamped over my mouth, the computer screen blurring in and out of focus through my tears. I was watching a video hundreds...

3/26/2016

article BLOG: “Everything Was Wrong” in Coverage of Indian Child Custody Case
(USA) -- Can you guess where the headline writers’ sympathies lie? “Girl yanked from foster home for being 1/64th Indian” (USA Today from Newser)
article Tribe blasts 6-year-old's caregivers for doing 'nothing but delay'
(USA) -- The Choctaw tribe of Oklahoma is blasting the foster family credited in court with restoring an abused little girl to health and happiness for doing “...
article 'This Is About a Child's Best Interest': Native American Tribe Responds to Family Who Claimed Infant Girl Was Taken Under Indian Child Welfare Act
(Washington) -- A Native American tribe is speaking out against a Washington family who claimed that a 4-month-old girl was taken from them under the Indian Child...

3/25/2016

article BLOG: What Will Happen To Lexi Of The "Save Lexi" Campaign? The Court Decision Is Being Challenged
(California) -- The recent coverage of the "Save Lexi" campaign has brought issues within the foster care system to national attention. According to the...
article NAJA Calls for Ethical, Informed ICWA Reporting
(USA) -- The Native American Journalists Association addresses deficient coverage of the child-welfare case involving Choctaw family; will create a guide for reporters...
article The Drama and Facts in the Battle Over Little Lexi
(California) -- Most of us have heard, seen or read about a six-year-old girl named Lexi who was ordered to be taken from those who fostered her for the past four years...
article Why Is Lexi Being Removed From Her Foster Home? There Are Laws Guiding The Decision
(California) -- For children living in unstable or dangerous homes, the foster care system can give them an invaluable chance to be taken care of by a loving, caring...

3/24/2016

article BLOG: Court Documents From The "Save Lexi" Case Reveal Sad Details
(California) -- Summer and Rusty Page of Saugus, California, have vowed that they'll never give up fighting for the return of their foster daughter, Lexi, according...
article BLOG: What Is The Indian Child Welfare Act? The Obscure Federal Law Is Now Steeped In Controversy
(USA) -- The case of Rusty and Sunny Page and their foster daughter, Lexi, has caught international attention. After living with the Page family for more than four years...
article Choctaw Nation Responds to Foster Couple in ICWA Case
(Oklahoma) -- A custody case over a 6-year-old Choctaw girl named Lexi that has been going on nearly five years has been settled after three separate court battles. The...
article Hundreds rally to protest ruling in foster case
(California) -- Hundreds of Santa Clarita Valley protesters showed up Thursday to the corner of Magic Mountain Parkway and Valencia Boulevard in an effort to bring Lexi...
article Indian Welfare Act expert says law 'is not based on race'
(California) -- It's not an outdated law and the parents knew what they were getting into and the situation is not a battle between races. That's how Suzette...
article Native family was ‘part of Lexi’s life’
(California) -- Lexi, the 6-year-old girl removed from the home of her Santa Clarita foster family Monday, is home with her biological Choctaw family in Utah, capping a...
article ‘Keep Lexi home': A foster family’s wrenching fight for a 6-year-old Choctaw girl
(California) -- Rusty Page was somber and quiet as he held his foster child for perhaps the final time. Six-year-old Lexi threw one arm around Page and her other arm...

3/23/2016

article County designates special social workers for Native American child welfare cases
(California) -- "This is outrageous, the abuse of power must stop now," said, Rusty Page, the foster father of a 6-year-old part Native American girl named...
article If You Want To #SaveLexi, You Don’t Have To Be Racist About It
(California) -- You may have heard about Lexi Page, the six-year-old part-Choctaw girl who was taken from her foster family under the Indian Child Welfare Act. Lexi was...
article MORON ALERT: Anti-Indian Child Welfare Act lawyer pursues appeal in California
(California) -- An attorney who has waged a campaign against the Indian Child Welfare Act is asking the California Supreme Court to hear a dispute involving a Choctaw...
article YELLOW JOURNALISM: Biological father of six-year-old girl torn from foster parents
(California) -- The biological father of a child seized from the only foster parents she has known because they are not Native American is a serial criminal, Daily Mail...
article “Best for Choctaw child’: California family appeals removal of 6-year-old foster child
(California) -- A California family appealed to the state’s highest court after a decision to return their 6-year foster child to her relatives. The family’s...

3/22/2016

article Attorney: Child and Protective Services specialists need to better understand tribes
(Montana) -- State child protective specialists who are called out on cases that involve American Indian children don't always comply with federal laws meant to...
article Appeal filed in Native American child custody case
(California) -- A California family appealed Tuesday to the state's highest court in their fight to keep a six-year-old foster child who was removed from their home...
article BLOG: The One Thing The "Save Lexi" Campaign Has Overlooked Is Actually Pretty Important
(California) -- On Tuesday, the Page family of Santa Clarita, California filed an appeal in the State Supreme Court, in an attempt to keep their 6-year-old foster child...
article Breaking: California Returns Child to Family in ICWA Case
(California) -- On Monday, March 21, pandemonium broke out in Santa Clarita, California, at the home of foster couple Summer and Russell Page as social workers from the...
article MORON ALERT: Anti-Indian Child Welfare Act attorney takes on another dispute
(California) -- An attorney based in Washington, D.C., continues to wage a campaign against the Indian Child Welfare Act. In August 2014, a California appeals court...

3/21/2016

article Amid custody battle, 6-year-old girl is removed from her Santa Clarita foster parents
(California) -- The protesters had gathered near the Santa Clarita home by the hundreds, praying aloud for the little girl and her longtime foster parents inside. They...
article Child Will Be Taken From Foster Family Because Of American Indian Heritage
(California) -- A six-year-old girl will be separated from the foster family she has lived with for more than 4 years due to the Indian Child Welfare Act, a federal law...
article Native American girl, 6, removed from California foster home
(California) -- A 6-year-old girl who spent most of her life with California foster parents was removed from her home on Monday under a court order that concluded her...
article Part Native American girl to be taken from Santa Clarita foster home Monday
(California) -- A partially Native American girl is set to be removed from her foster home in Santa Clarita sometime Monday to be sent to live with extended family in...
article Social workers SEIZE sobbing girl, 6, from her home of five years in adoption race row
(California) -- Social workers seized a hysterical six-year-old girl from the home of her white foster family on Monday because she is part Native American. The child,...
article BURKE: I'm white. My kids are Native. Does it matter?
(Alaska) -- I am a white woman raising Alaska Native children. It is an experience filled with love and also loaded with self-judgment, insecurity and fierce mama-bear...

3/20/2016

article Foster family in Santa Clarita fights to keep part Native American girl
(California) -- A foster child who moved from home to home and finally found a loving family is about to be ripped from it because of her heritage.
article Girl, 6, To Be Ripped From Only Family She Knows Because She Is '1.5 Percent' Native American, They Are White
(California) -- A six-year-old little girl Lexi is about to be ripped from the only family she knows due to the fact she has 1.5 percent native American blood.
article Girl, six, to be LEGALLY torn away from her loving foster parents of five years because she is '1.5 per cent Native American' and the family is white
(California) -- Six-year-old Lexi has only ever know Summer and Rusty Page as her parents. But any day now the Santa Clara, California, child could be legally ripped...
article Indian Child Welfare Act separates foster daughter from Santa Clarita family
(California) -- In photos, they are a happy family - but Sunday could be the worst day for the lives of Rusty and Summer Page and their 6-year-old foster daughter, Lexi.
article Many unite against removal of part Native American girl from Santa Clarita foster family
(California) -- Dozens of family, friends and community members touched by a family's story gathered together Sunday against the removal of a part Native American...
article Supporters Gather To Prevent Six-Year-Old From Being Taken From Foster Family
(California) -- The “peaceful protest” began at 9 a.m. on Sunday morning after it was reported that officials with the Los Angeles County of Child and Family...

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