Developments in Alaska ICWA Case, Native Village of Tununak v. State of Alaska

State’s (AG) Response to Tribe’s Pet for Rehearing

Earlier briefs on the rehearing petition are here.

The Alaska executive branch published emergency regulations addressing formal petitions for adoptions in cases involving Indian children: Emergency Regulations 7 AAC 54.600

Here is the draft state bill sent to the Legislature by the Governor: Draft Bill

These emergency regulations allow for a simple request by a relative, tribal member or other Indian family at any court hearing, or a request by the same conveyed to the department by phone, mail, fax, email or in person, or by the request of the child’s tribe on behalf of a relative or tribal member to constitute a proxy for a formal petition for adoption.

In addition, the Governor is holding a press conference on this today (10:30am/2:30pm EDT) :

MEDIA ADVISORY

Contact:

Grace Jang, Press Secretary – (907) 465-3976

Katie Marquette, Deputy Press Secretary – (907) 465-5801

Governor Walker to Hold News Conference Tomorrow

WHO: Governor Bill Walker, Lt. Governor Byron Mallott, DHSS Commissioner Val Davidson and Alaska Federation of Natives President Julie Kitka

WHAT: News conference to discuss Indian Child Welfare Act-related emergency regulations

WHEN: Thursday, April 16, 2015, 10:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

WHERE: Governor’s Cabinet Room, Capitol Building, Juneau

TELECONFERENCE NUMBER: (800) 755-6634

LIVESTREAM: gov.alaska.gov/livestream<http://gov.alaska.gov/Walker/multimedia/livestream.html>

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