Oglala Sioux v. Fleming Update and Briefs in the Eighth Circuit

Oglala Sioux v. Fleming (previously Van Hunnik) is the class action suit initiated by the Oglala Sioux and Rosebud Sioux Tribes and the ACLU/Stephen Pevar arguing that Pennington County, SD is violating the due process rights and ICWA rights of Indian families. The case is complex and on-going. Since the suit was originally filed in 2013,  the tribes and individual tribal members represented in the class have strung together a series of compelling district court orders in their favor. Recently, the state appealed those orders to the Eighth Circuit. You can find those orders, and some of the briefing collected here.

Here is the current briefing in the Eighth Circuit:

Appellant Brief–Vargo (March 24, 2017)

Appellant Brief–Fleming and Valenti, DSS (March 24, 2017)

Appellant Brief–Pfeifle (March 30, 2017)

Appellee Brief–Oglala Sioux and Rosebud Sioux

Tribal Amici Curiae Brief

One thought on “Oglala Sioux v. Fleming Update and Briefs in the Eighth Circuit

  1. Lisa inwood June 13, 2017 / 9:34 am

    Icwa is always the most important keystroke to maintain families and nations. It’s time we step on the states and remind them we are no longer backward savages. However let them keep up stealing our children and maybe we will remind them we all native nations are a warrior culture. Nothing is more important then our families, land and culture. Enough assimilation failed.

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