National Archives Office in Seattle to Close [updated with Senators’ letter]

From the Seattle Times, here is “‘Terrible and disgusting’: Decision to close National Archives at Seattle a blow to tribes, historians in 4 states.”



Executive Office of the President, OMB Highlights Native Youth Priorities for FY 2017 Budget

Document here.

Support the Implementation ofthe Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA). The Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) is a federal law that seeks to keep American Indian children with American Indian families. Congress passed ICW A in 1978 in response to the alarmingly high number of Indian children being removed from their homes by both public and private agencies. The intent of Congress under ICWA was to “protect the best interests of Indian children and to promote the stability and security of lndian tribes and families” (25 U.S.C. § 1902). The implementation of ICW A requires support for tribal and state courts, social workers and foster care. ICWA also calls for services that keep families together. These could be family assistance services, home improvement programs, alternatives to incarceration and employment support services. Agencies should focus on programs that support the capacity building and programmatic support necessary to implement ICWA.

Via GJ.

Wither the Akaka Bill?

The White House OMB came out with its objections to the Akaka Bill, namely that the Congressional recognition of Native Hawaiians would be an unconstitutional race-based classification.

My sense is that any constitutional objections to the Bill could be overcome with the political will to do so. But this document articulates (in coded language) that there just is no political will from the Bush Administration to take any action to assist people of color.