Posts Tagged Indian Child Welfare Act

ICWA and Indian Heritage: So Much More than “Paperwork”

ICWA and Indian Heritage: So Much More than “Paperwork”

During the summer of 2016, as a 2L law student at the University of Denver, I had the opportunity to intern for the Colorado Office of the Child’s Representative. As part of my duties, I was charged with observing dependency and neglect court proceedings to ensure that children in Colorado are receiving the best representation possible. While observing one particular case, I witnessed an incident that I will never forget. I entered the courtroom and began taking notes per my

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BIA Issues New ICWA Guidelines; Child Welfare Lawyers Debate Proposed Regulations – Part 2 of 2

BIA Issues New ICWA Guidelines; Child Welfare Lawyers Debate Proposed Regulations - Part 2 of 2

On March 18, 2015, the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) published a proposed rule to govern the implementation of the Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978 (ICWA) by state courts and public and private child welfare entities. The proposed rule provides needed clarity on how ICWA governs state court proceedings involving Native children. Comments are due by May 19. The proposed regulations and instructions on submitting comments may be found here. This is the second blog post in a two-part

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BIA Issues New ICWA Guidelines; Child Welfare Lawyers Debate Proposed Regulations – Part 1 of 2

BIA Issues New ICWA Guidelines; Child Welfare Lawyers Debate Proposed Regulations - Part 1 of 2

On February 25, 2015 the BIA issued new ICWA guidelines to assist state courts and agencies in implementing the Indian Child Welfare Act. This is the first time the guidelines have been revised since the initial publication in 1979. Subsequently, on March 18, 2015, the BIA announced a proposed rule to govern the implementation of ICWA, based largely on the guidelines. There is currently an open comment period on the proposed rule, which closes on May 19, 2015.    This

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The Indian Child Welfare Act and the Fight to Keep Native American Children with Their Families

The Indian Child Welfare Act and the Fight to Keep Native American Children with Their Families

Stories have power (and a recent post by Cathy Krebs of the ABA asked for yours.) I’d love to write you a compelling story on why the battle to treat Native American families lawfully and respectfully is far from over, but investigative journalist Laura Rena Murray has already done it. Click the button below to read the harrowing tale of grandmothers fighting to raise their own grandchildren, and then please visit the “comments” section to tell us: what we can

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