Author Archives: Kate Fort

Wisconsin Speakers Taskforce on Adoption Looking at Speeding up Adoptions

Press releases: Speakers Taskforce on Adoption Membership 052919 Speakers Taskforce on Adoption 051419 Any tribal member and/or tribe can give testimony on this issue here: Thursday, July 25, 2019 Unity School District Performing Arts Center 1908 150th St. Balsam Lake, … Continue reading

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New Mexico Notice and Time Frame Case from Court of Appeals [ICWA]

Children, Youth & Families Department v. Tanisha G. and Isaac G. This is an interesting and remarkable case, and a way to deal with continued notice violations and delay by an agency. Here are the highlights of this disturbing case … Continue reading

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Qualified Expert Witness Case out of Alaska Supreme Court [ICWA]

Here I have been trying to figure out how to comment on this particular opinion, though I may just default to Alaska’s QEW holdings have always been outliers . . . So as a reminder for us all, this is … Continue reading

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Investigation into Marshall Islands Black Market Adoptions

This issue has been the subject of repeated investigative journalism articles from Civil Beat in Hawaii. Here is the latest regarding an adoption attorney in Texas: Here Here Original Report (with a number of additional articles and links)

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Time Magazine on ICWA

Here The first four paragraphs of the story: Each time Elisia Manuel sees her daughter Precious rehearsing traditional basket dancing and humming tribal songs around their home in Casa Grande, Arizona, she’s overwhelmed with emotion. “It’s beautiful to witness,” the … Continue reading

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Follow up NY Times Article on ICWA

Here. “I think it means a lot to our foster kids that we’re Cherokee,” said Carney Duncan, a gentle, soft-spoken man whose hair falls below his shoulders. “My mom and dad always helped people and took them in. I have … Continue reading

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Joy Harjo Named U.S. Poet Laureate

Here Now Harjo has a chance to offer that medicine to the whole nation. Today she was appointed 23rd Poet Laureate of the United States. As a member of the Muscogee Nation, she will be the first Native American to … Continue reading

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Sad News: Frank LaMere Walks On

Here. Few of yesterday’s articles about his life mention just how much work he did on behalf of Native children, including the March for Lost Children. In this interview, he speaks about making people uncomfortable–“Nothing changes until someone feels uncomfortable.” … Continue reading

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Intercept Article on ICWA and the Brackeen Case

Here “Babies don’t get born and run down to the citizenship office and file a petition,” said Matthew Fletcher, director of the Indigenous Law and Policy Center at Michigan State University. When his own child was born, he and his … Continue reading

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No State Sovereign Immunity in Patent Case [Relying on Saint Regis Mohawk Decision]

From the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals: Opinion And, contrary to UMN’s arguments, Saint Regis did not base its reasoning on implied abrogation of tribal sovereign immunity. Instead, Saint Regis concluded that IPR was an agency reconsideration proceeding to which … Continue reading

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