MN ICWA Law Center Request for Matching Funds

The ICWA Law Center in Minneapolis is one of the most important groups defending ICWA today. Their model is excellent, and honestly should be imported to other urban centers. They do the individual representation most of us do not, and support those individuals with attorneys, social workers, parent mentors, and an elder in residence. They work with tribes and in tribal courts. I could go on about all of the individuals who work there for a long time. I received this email today, and though they did not ask us to post this, we are (especially because it’s a matching campaign from Shakopee):

Dear ICWA Law Center Supporters,

The ICWA Law Center has been presented with a wonderful opportunity to secure much needed funding with your help!  The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community Business Council has generously awarded a matching donation to the ICWA Law Center in the amount of $12,500.00.  This means that we must first raise $12,500 in order to receive the matching funds.  Whether it is a small contribution or a larger contribution, each contribution is significant and we ask you to partner with us in achieving this goal. You can donate now by clicking on the link below.

The ICWA Law Center’s mission is unwavering – to strengthen, preserve and reunite Indian families, consistent with the mandates and spirit of the Indian Child Welfare Act.  The ICWA Law Center provides legal services and advocacy to Indian families impacted by the child welfare system in both state courts and tribal courts.  The Center’s core values of justice, engagement, collaboration and compassion guide our work.

Reflecting on the twenty-five years that the ICWA Law Center has been a part of our community, those of us who have had the honor of working for or volunteering for the Law Center are forever grateful for the opportunity to ensure that family’s voices are at the forefront of decisions involving their children.  Relationships matter and the ICWA Law Center values the opportunity to provide guidance, support and hope to the families we serve.   Advocating for families allows us to create a space where connections to family and tribe are valued as fundamental to healing. These connections are the foundation of our work.

The ICWA Law Center serves over two hundred families every year. We see the desperation of a mom struggling with opiate addiction and crying for help, the heartbreak of a grandma who is unable to see her grandchild, the fear of a father whose teenage daughter is missing, and the weariness of a family who spends their days looking for a safe place to sleep at night.  The ICWA Law Center works to restore power to all we serve through giving voice to their struggles and courageousness. Through advocacy, we strive to tell their stories with integrity and purpose, in hopes that sharing their strengths will create a compassionate response to meet their needs.

We  look forward to the ICWA Law Center’s next 25 years.  Please consider helping us to secure the matching grant from the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community through a financial contribution today.  The ICWA Law Center is a 501(c)(3) organization and all donations are tax deductible.

Many thanks,

Shannon E. Smith


Register Now for the 2019 ILPC/TICA Annual Conference!

It’s coming up quickly!

Hosted by the Tribal In-House Counsel Association and the Indigenous Law and Policy Center at Michigan State University College of Law

October 10-11, 2019, with pre-conference activities on October 9, 2019

648 N. Shaw Lane, East Lansing MI 48824

Check out the tentative agenda and register today.

12.5 Minnesota CLE credits are pending, which includes 1 elimination of bias credit and 1.5 ethics credits.

Be a TICA/ILPC Sponsor! You can find the sponsorship form here.

Last year, our generous sponsors helped us successfully meet our fundraising goal for the 2018 Indigenous Law Conference! We hope to do the same this year, but we need your help once again. Visit TICA’s 2019 fundraising goal page, which will be regularly updated, for more information.



Job Announcements Announcement

Good afternoon!

We are very pleased that so many people have found our Friday legal job announcements to be useful. We are always happy to hear from people who have found jobs from the postings.

Just as a gentle reminder, all requests to post jobs must follow the format identified here:

and sent here:

If it doesn’t, we cannot guarantee your announcement will make into a Friday post. We have very limited staff at the ILPC and Turtle Talk, and as we ramp up for our students to return and plan our awesome conference, we appreciate your kindness and patience. We receive between 25-35 announcements weekly, and there will be (the rare) week when we may not be able to get the Friday post done due to other obligations. There is also the possibility we will simply miss something. In addition, we don’t go back and pull down old job posts when they expire–we simply don’t have the capacity for that.

We appreciate your help in making the Turtle Talk Friday job posting service possible for all the lawyers out there looking for Indian Country jobs!


Kate Fort