Notice Case out of Alabama [ICWA]


Sometimes even I am struck dumb by the notice cases:

A second form, dated in 2017 and signed by C.L.B., was also introduced into evidence. C.L.B. testified that his mother had assisted him in completing the 2017 form. On the 2017 form, C.L.B. listed Cherokee and “Ojibwa-(Chippewa)” as the tribes in which he, B.E.B., or one of B.E.B.’s paternal grandparents might have membership.

Star Pope testified that, at the direction of C.L.B., she had inquired of the paternal grandmother of B.E.B. regarding with which tribes C.L.B.’s family might be affiliated. She testified that the paternal grandmother of B.E.B. had informed her that C.L.B. was not affiliated with the Cherokee or Sioux tribes but that she had identified the Chippewa or Ojibwe tribe as a possibility. Pope testified that she had contacted authorities in several different states and that she had eventually been directed to a central location to which, she said, she had mailed a letter requesting information concerning whether B.E.B. would be recognized as an Indian child or have benefits under the ICWA. DHR introduced into evidence a letter dated May 4, 2016, that had been mailed to the ICWA representative from the Chippewa Indians of Mackinac, Michigan . . .

DHR also introduced a letter from the Bay Mills Indian Community dated May 19, 2016, in response to an inquiry from DHR; that letter indicated that B.E.B. was not eligible for membership in the Bay Mills Indian Community.


Minnesota COA Orders Trial Court to Transfer ICWA Case to Leech Lake Tribal Court

Here is the unpublished opinion in In re R.L.Z. (Minn. App.). An excerpt:

On appeal from the district court’s denial of a tribe’s motion to transfer this proceeding to terminate parental rights to tribal court, appellant Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe (the Band) argues that good cause to deny its motion did not exist because: (a) the Band filed its motion promptly after receiving notice of the proceedings, which were not at an advanced stage at that time; (b) the record before the district court did not indicate that transfer would create undue hardship on the parties or the witnesses; and (c) the district court improperly based its denial of the Band’s motion on the child’s best interests. We reverse.

In re Giishig — Application by Felon to Change Indian Name

This is an interesting religious freedom case (opinion) in the Minnesota Court of Appeals in which a man (the opinion doesn’t say whether he is a tribal member or not) had changed his name to Ozhaawaskoo Giishig in 1992, while in prison. Under that name, he committed five felonies, and now wants to change his name again, and again for religious purposes. The case was remanded for more factual findings.

Meg Noori in the Freep

Patricia Montemurri at The Freep profiles Meg Noori, a University of Michigan professor who teaches Anishinaabemowin.  Click through for some nice photos and an audio clip of her class.

“Izhaadaa Giizhigowaande!

Catch Margaret (Meg) Noori at any University of Michigan event and that’s how she exhorts fellow Wolverines to “Let’s Go, Blue.”

Meg, 43, is a professor of Ojibwe Language and Literature. In the classroom and at home, she seeks to celebrate and preserve a language of the American Indians who populated the Great Lakes region for several hundred years before European settlers arrived.

Using the language of her ancestors every day, says Meg, “is one of the most meaningful things I can do.”

Meg Noori on Jane Johnston Schoolcraft

Margaret Noori has published a book review essay on the recent collection of writings by Jane Johnston Schoolcraft (edited by Robert Dale Parker), the Ojibwekwe who married Henry Schoolcraft, the Michigan Indian Agent from the 1820s to the 1940s, or so. The review essay was published in the Michigan Quarterly Review.

University of Michigan Anishinaabemowin Classes Profiled

In USA Today:

DETROIT (AP) — The statistics might not be promising, but personal experience offers Brooke Simon hope that her ancestors’ language won’t disappear.

Lecturer Margaret Noori leads a weekly Ojibwe language study group at the University of Michigan, Thursday, April 3, in Ann Arbor, Mich.

“I can walk down the street and hear someone yell ‘aanii!’ from across the street,” said the 20-year-old University of Michigan student, referring to a greeting in Ojibwe, or Anishinaabemowin. “Students aren’t afraid to use the language and learn about this language.”

Simon participates in the Ann Arbor university’s Program in Ojibwe Language and Literature, one of the largest of its kind in the nation. It seeks to teach and preserve the American Indian language spoken by about 10,000 in more than 200 communities across the Great Lakes region — but 80% of them are older than 60.

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NPR Story on the Treuer Brothers

From NPR:

Fresh Air from WHYY, April 23, 2008 · Brothers David and Anton Treuer are members of the Ojibwe nation from the Leech Lake Reservation in northern Minnesota. They are working to preserve the Ojibwe language, one of the few Native American languages in use.

Anton Treuer is a professor of Ojibwe language and oral tradition at Bemidji State University. He is editor of the Oshkaabewis Native Journal and Omaa Akiing, a collection of Ojibwe tales by Leech Lake elders. Anton is also the author of Living Our Language: Ojibwe Tales and Oral Histories.

David Treuer is a professor of literature and creative writing at the University of Minnesota. He is author of a number of books, including the novel The Translation of Dr Apelles: A Love Story.

LCO Tells Tribal Members Not to Pay County Property Taxes

This is an interesting development. I assume that Sawyer County will sue, along with the State of Wisconsin, to compel the payment of these taxes. And perhaps the Seventh Circuit will reach a different conclusion from the Sixth Circuit in KBIC v. Michigan. I wonder, however, if the Keweenaw Bay case’s expert reports were tribe-specific. Maybe, maybe not. Anyway, this interesting development may be a bad thing for Keweenaw Bay, who had to work to make sure the Supreme Court did not grant cert in their case. This development, for all practical purposes, appears to reopen that case.

From Indianz:

The Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa is telling tribal members not to pay property taxes in Sawyer County, Wisconsin.

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