Briefs and materials here.
Oral arguments are March 13.
Principal Briefs on the Tribal Defendant/Intervenor and Federal Side (Pro-ICWA)
Amicus Briefs, Pro-ICWA
Principal Briefs on the State and Individual Plaintiff side (Anti-ICWA)
Amicus Briefs (Anti-ICWA)
Reply Briefs by Tribal Intervenors and Federal Government
Quote from Intervening Tribes Statement:
We applaud the broad coalition of federal lawmakers, attorneys general from 21
states, and 30 child welfare organizations who have joined 325 Tribal governments and 57 Tribal organizations in filing numerous amicus briefs with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit to defend the Constitutionality of the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA).
The past 96 hours have witnessed an unprecedented and overwhelming demonstration of support for ICWA and its constitutionality as a wave of amicus briefs were filed urging the Fifth Circuit to reverse the district court’s ruling in Brackeen v. Zinke, which erroneously deemed key provisions of ICWA as being
Passed more than 40 years ago by Congress, ICWA was designed to reverse decades of cultural insensitivity and political bias that had resulted in one-third of all Indian children being forcibly removed by the government from their families, their tribes and their cultural heritage.
ICWA ensures the best interests and wellbeing of Native American children are protected. ICWA preserves the stability and cohesion of Tribal families, Tribal communities and Tribal cultures. It maintains and reinforces the political and cultural connections between an Indian child and his or her tribe.
Multiple parties and amici filed strong briefs in the Brackeen v. Zinke case in the Fifth Circuit yesterday. Twenty-one state attorneys general filed an amicus brief in support of the law, as did 325 tribal nations and 57 tribal organizations. 30 child welfare organizations also signed on to the Casey Family Programs “gold standard” brief. Law professors from more than 20 law schools signed on to the three law professor amicus briefs.
Appellee states and individual plaintiffs will file theirs by February 6. Oral arguments are expected the week of March 11.
We applaud the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals for staying a recent ruling in Texas that struck down the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA). This stay decision protects children from potential abuse and forced separation from their families.
As a result, tribal families and their children in Texas and Indiana will continue to be protected from the types of abusive child welfare practices that Congress outlawed 40 years ago when it enacted ICWA.
By granting the stay, the protections provided by ICWA will remain in full force pending an appeal of the ruling handed down in October by a federal judge in the Northern District of Texas.
The Cherokee Nation, the Morongo Band of Mission Indians, the Oneida Nation and the Quinault Indian Nation will continue to defend Native children and Native families by advocating for the constitutionality of ICWA by all available means. We strongly believe the ruling holding the Indian Child Welfare Act is unconstitutional was wrong, will ultimately be reversed on appeal, and as a result, the rights of Indian children, families and communities protected by the Indian Child Welfare Act will be affirmed and reinforced.
New Fifth Circuit page here.
Finally, the district court’s ruling will cause significant inconsistency throughout the country. As this Court noted in Bryant, when issuing a stay, “[t]he inevitable disruption that would arise from a lack of continuity and stability in this important area of the law” will harm the parties and “the public interest at large.” Id.
In Texas v. Zinke, the ICWA case in the northern district of Texas, the district court judge denied the four intervening defendant tribes’ motion to stay the decision. There has been no stay request filed in the Fifth Circuit nor a notice of appeal.
Navajo Nation filed a motion to intervene for the purpose of appeal.
Statement from Partnership for Native Children explaining the stay is here.
There were some thirty entries on the Texas v. Zinke docket this month. Relevant documents are on the case page.
Since our last update, the feds filed another motion to dismiss. The plaintiffs’ seperated into private and state parties for briefing–so the state plaintiffs have filed one brief, and the individual plaintiffs filed another (up to 70 pages each). Both, however, filed a combined opposition to the government’s motion to dismiss and motions for summary judgment.
Navajo Nation motioned to intervene for the purpose of a Rule 19 dismissal.
Job vacancies are posted on Friday. Some announcements might still appear throughout the week. If you would like your Indian law or leadership job posted on Turtle Talk, please email email@example.com.
Southern Ute Indian Tribe
Legal Department Director, Ignacio, C.O. Will lead a well-established staff of three Tribal Attorneys, a Deputy Director, and a Legal Assistant. Position closes at 5:00 pm Mountain Standard Time on 12/18/2017.
Native American Program of Legal Aid Services of Oregon (NAPOLS)
Tribal Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Program Specialist, limited-duration, Portland, O.R. Will work with the Burns Paiute Tribe to strengthen the Tribe’s response to DV, SA, dating violence, and stalking.
Chief Judge, Supai, A.Z. Presides over a broad range of civil and criminal cases for the Havasupai Tribal Court.
Sac & Fox Tribe of the Mississippi in Iowa
Associate Judge, Tama, I.A. Responsible for fairly and impartially hearing and deciding judicial cases and matters at the Trial Court level within the jurisdiction of the Sac and Fox Tribal Court pursuant to the Sac and Fox Tribe of the Mississippi in Iowa tribal laws, codes, rules and regulations.
Morongo Band of Mission Indians
Tribal Attorney, Banning, C.A. Represents the interests of the Morongo Tribe, Morongo Tribal Government, Morongo Tribal Administration, and Morongo Tribal programs, including but not limited to direct representation in tribal and state court of Morongo Tribal government / programmatic interests as directed by the In House General Counsel.
Sitka Tribe of Alaska
Family Law Attorney, Sitka, A.K. Provides holistic legal representation to Native American victims of domestic violence and sexual assault – Salary DOE – Full-time benefitted. Grant-funded position that will begin in January 2018 and continue for approximately three years. Applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail to Sitka Tribe of Alaska, 456 Katlian St., Sitka, AK 99835. Electronic applications preferred. First review November 27th, 2017.
Tribal Attorney, Black River Falls, W.I. Performs a wide variety of legal work representing the Nation as a government, its departments, boards, and commissions. The Tribal Attorney will prepare pleadings for hearings and other legal proceedings, perform legal research, provide court representation; and other duties as assigned. Applicants may visit the Ho-Chunk nation website to apply.
Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
Associate, Native American Affairs Group, Washington, D.C. Seeking to hire an associate with 1-3 years of experience and a background or interest in Indian law and litigation.
Department of the Interior
Supervisory-Attorney Adviser, Federal and Indian Royalties Section, Office of the Solicitor, Lakewood, C.O. Oversees the provision of legal services to the offices and programs of the ONRR with particular emphasis on legal issues related to the appropriate interpretation and implementation of the Federal Oil and Gas Royalty Management Act of 1982 (FOGRMA), codified as amended at 30 U.S.C. §§ 1701 et seq., and what is commonly known as the Mineral Leasing Act of 1920, codified as amended at 30 U.S.C. §§ 181 et seq.
Other jobs posted this week:
Alaska Fellow, Native American Rights Fund (11/29/2017)
Previous Friday Job Announcements: 11/17/2017
Job vacancies are posted on Friday. Some announcements might still appear throughout the week. If you would like your Indian law job posted on Turtle Talk, please email email@example.com.
Morongo Band of Mission Indians
Tribal Attorney, Full Time, Salary D.O.E.
BASIC DUTIES: Under the direction of the In House General Counsel, the Tribal Attorney shall represent the interests of the Morongo Tribal Government, Morongo Tribal Administration, various Morongo Tribal programs, including but not limited to direct representation in tribal and state court of the Morongo Child and Family Services Department and other Morongo Tribal government / programmatic interests as directed by the In House General Counsel.
EXPERIENCE & EDUCATION: Admitted to practice law and in good standing with the California Bar Association. One (1) year of legal experience working for an Indian Tribe, or a firm representing Tribal interests, or three (3) years of legal experience involving trial work in family law, elder law, child welfare or the Indian Child Welfare Act at the state, tribal or federal level, or other legal experience involving Indian law or related areas. Must have proven excellent past work record evidenced by favorable references from past employers. If no past employer, then letter of reference from either one California State Court Judge or two attorneys admitted to practice in the state in which they practice. A Juris Doctor Degree from a recognized law school and membership in the California Bar Association. Must have a good academic law school recorded evidenced by law school transcripts.
APPLY: Submit your resume and letter of interest by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or fax 951-922-0321. Visit our website at www.morongo-nsn.gov for employment application. Interviews are by appointment only. Call 951-755-5180 for more information.
Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians
Tribal Court Clerk, Dowagiac, MI
Responsibilities: Ensure clerical duties and responsibilities of the Tribal Court are met. Assist Court Administrator in the development of judicial and Tribal Court infrastructure. Fulfill a full range of clerical responsibilities including but limited to accept and file pleadings, prepare case files, data entry, developing procedures and processes.
Qualifications: Bachelor’s Degree in related field required. Relevant experience in lieu of degree may be considered. Completion of a Paralegal Certificate Program Degree preferred. Three years of prior clerical work experience required. Two years of prior clerking experience in a court strongly preferred.
Salary/Benefits: Salary is based on experience and education. Full benefits including medical, dental, optical and retirement plan.
Closing Date: November 11, 2016
Applications: applications and resumes accepted through our online career center at http://www.pokagonband-nsn.gov/
Deputy General Counsel, Full Time Regular $72,999/$86,806, FF Date for these positions are 11/18/16. For more info visit www.yuroktribe.org or call (707) 482-1350 ext 1376.
National Indian Gaming Commission
Assistant Director of Compliance, Washington D.C. Closes 11/16/16.