Category Archives: Author: Kate E. Fort

Adoption Attorney Charged in Illegal Adoption Scheme Involving Marshall Island Babies

Here and here. A public official in Arizona has been arrested in connection with charges that he ran a multimillion-dollar scheme in which he smuggled pregnant women from the Marshall Islands to profit from their newborn babies. Authorities say Maricopa … Continue reading

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Jurisdiction Case out of the Arizona Court of Appeals [ICWA, UCCJEA]

Here. This case has gone up a couple of times.

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State and Individual Parties File for En Banc Review in Brackeen v. Bernhard [ICWA]

Individual Petition for EnBanc Review State Petition for EnBanc Review The Court has asked the federal and tribal parties for response briefs, which are due October 23rd.

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Improper Removal Case out of Washington Court of Appeals [ICWA]

Today I received a call that went something approximately like this: Caller: “So with [25 U.S.C.] 1920 …” Me: “Right, 1922, go on.” Caller: “Um, ok, so with 1920 . . .” Me: “I think you mean 1922?” Caller: “I … Continue reading

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Minnesota Launches MMIW Task Force

Here Advocates and public health researchers say a lack of data as well as shortfalls in law enforcement’s handling and prosecution of such cases have hindered efforts to address the issue. The Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Task Force is … Continue reading

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Oral Argument in Acevedo v. Jordan [ICWA]

Here. In Division 3. The MSU Indian Law Clinic and Center for Indigenous Research and Justice filed an amicus brief supporting the application of ICWA and the minor mom (represented by Northwest Justice Project).

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Deadline Update in Brackeen v. Bernhardt [ICWA]

Here Plaintiffs requested an extension to their en banc petition. The Court gave them until October 1 to file.

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Reason to Know Decision from Washington Court of Appeals [ICWA]

Here. ICWA and WICWA require a court conducting a 72-hour shelter care hearing to inquire whether the child is or may be an Indian child. A court substantially complies with that requirement if prior to the hearing the Department has … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Sixth Circuit Affirms Tribal Court Decision in Spurr v. Pope

Decision But our review involves no probing of the facts, just a pure question of law: Does a tribal court have jurisdiction under federal law to issue a civil personal protection order against a non-Indian and non-tribal member in matters arising … Continue reading

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