Researchers reviewed 107 publicly available, tribal child welfare codes for U.S.-based tribes with populations ranging from 50 to 18,000 citizens. Researchers sought out the most up-to-date tribal child welfare codes available for each tribe, reporting that approximately 45% of the 107 codes were amended after 2000. The research team analyzed over 100 variables on the topics of culture, jurisdiction, tribal-state relationships, child abuse reporting, paternity, foster care, termination of parental rights, and adoption. A more detailed report on this study will be released later this fall. For more information about this project and its findings please contact the Native Nations Institute: Mary Beth Jäger (Citizen Potawatomi) firstname.lastname@example.org.
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From the Houston Chronicle:
BROOMFIELD, Colo. — American Indians who had trouble getting loans because of a disparity between tribal and state laws are learning about new legislation that could make the process easier.
Representatives from about a dozen tribes around the country are expected to attend a meeting in this Denver suburb Friday and Saturday to discuss a model tribal law first adopted by Montana’s Crow Tribe last month.
Banks have previously been reluctant to loan money to people on reservations because of the difficulty of going through tribal courts if the borrower defaults. Under the “Model Tribal Secured Transaction Act,” tribal laws would conform to state laws if a default case ends up in tribal court.
The Uniform Law Commission has a special committee that drafts model codes for tribal enactment. Most recently, they’ve drafted a model tribal secured transactions act that is largely based on the UCC’s Article 9 with key changes intended to address unique tribal concerns. The committee is in the process of selecting another model code drafting project, and it’s soliciting input on which codes might be tackled next. If you’d like to suggest a model code drafting project for the committee, contact Tim Berg, the Committee’s chair.
Call for Drafting Proposals
Drafting proposals must be submitted by February 28, 2008, and can be sent to Tim Berg at TBerg@FCLAW.com.