Tag Archives: MIFPA

Column on Wayne County and ICWA in Chronicle for Social Change

Here Some notes. It’s a federal requirement to inquire about a child’s tribal citizenship regardless of state law. There are eight states with comprehensive state ICWA laws (the article is missing California and Wisconsin), and that doesn’t count states that … Continue reading

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ICWA/MIFPA Case from the Michigan Court of Appeals

We are wrapping up a training in Montana where every person in the room answered the ICWA pop quiz question: “Do ICWA protections apply to non-Native parents of Indian children?” correctly. Luckily the Michigan Court of Appeals answered it correctly … Continue reading

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Consent to Termination of Parental Rights Decision in Michigan Supreme Court

Opinion here The ICWA Appellate Clinic co-represented the tribe in this case. This case involves a complicated question of state statute interpretation regarding a voluntary consent to a termination of parental right in the face of a state termination petition. … Continue reading

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ICWA QEW Opinion in the Minnesota Supreme Court

Opinion The question of what Qualified Expert Testimony (QEW) actually is under ICWA comes up all the time. The Minnesota Supreme Court did a pretty deep dive into what it means in terms of termination of parental rights, and concludes, Read straightforwardly, … Continue reading

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Dismissal of the Watso v. Piper Case

There have been a long series of federal cases in Minnesota involving tribal court child welfare jurisdiction over non-member children residing on the reservation (Watso, Nguyen). Most recently, Watso v. Piper was dismissed. The magistrate’s decision (that was upheld), is … Continue reading

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Bill to Allow Tribes Access to Information Needed for Active Efforts in Passes in Michigan

Here is SB 616. Here is the press release. Here is some news coverage. This bill was driven entirely by the tribes in Michigan–especially the in-house ICWA attorneys and tribal social workers who have been expressing concern with not getting enough … Continue reading

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Briefing Completed in Michigan Indian Family Preservation Act Case

At the Michigan Supreme Court: Order Granting Review Appellant (Father)’s Brief Appellee (Macomb County/State)’s Brief Sault Tribe Amicus Brief (MSU Indian Law Clinic, ICWA Appellate Project co-wrote this brief) American Indian Law Section_AmicusBrief Appellant Reply Oral Argument Scheduling Order

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Unpublished ICWA Case from MN, Judge Jesson Concurrence

Here. This is an unpublished termination of parental rights out of the Minnesota Court of Appeals. Here is the concurrence in its entirety:: With a backdrop of historical trauma and a high number of Indian children being removed from their … Continue reading

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Michigan Court of Appeals Decides MIFPA Application to Removal of Child from the Home

Here is the opinion in In re Detmer/Beaudry. The question of whether an involuntary removal of a child triggers ICWA if the child is not placed in “foster home or institution or home of a guardian or conservator” 25 U.S.C. 1903(1)(i) is … Continue reading

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Doe v. Jesson Case (MN Federal ICWA Case) Dismissed as Moot

Here is the opinion. After two years, the Minnesota federal district court dismissed the voluntary adoption case challenging the provisions of the Minnesota Indian Family Preservation Act (MIFPA) allowing for notice and intervention of a child’s tribe in the proceedings. … Continue reading

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