State’s (AG) Response to Tribe’s Pet for Rehearing
Earlier briefs on the rehearing petition are here.
The Alaska executive branch published emergency regulations addressing formal petitions for adoptions in cases involving Indian children: Emergency Regulations 7 AAC 54.600
Here is the draft state bill sent to the Legislature by the Governor: Draft Bill
These emergency regulations allow for a simple request by a relative, tribal member or other Indian family at any court hearing, or a request by the same conveyed to the department by phone, mail, fax, email or in person, or by the request of the child’s tribe on behalf of a relative or tribal member to constitute a proxy for a formal petition for adoption.
In addition, the Governor is holding a press conference on this today (10:30am/2:30pm EDT) :
Grace Jang, Press Secretary – (907) 465-3976
Katie Marquette, Deputy Press Secretary – (907) 465-5801
Governor Walker to Hold News Conference Tomorrow
WHO: Governor Bill Walker, Lt. Governor Byron Mallott, DHSS Commissioner Val Davidson and Alaska Federation of Natives President Julie Kitka
WHAT: News conference to discuss Indian Child Welfare Act-related emergency regulations
WHEN: Thursday, April 16, 2015, 10:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
WHERE: Governor’s Cabinet Room, Capitol Building, Juneau
TELECONFERENCE NUMBER: (800) 755-6634