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Friday, June 29, 2012

Enrollment issues affecting ICWA children

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Convincing me courts are doing their best to protect Indian Children today - it's just not happening.
The amount of urban Indians who are enrolled or not is part of the problem and a real issue here.
Here is a case from Michigan where the mother said her children were Delaware and entitled to protections under the Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978.
Allowing time for tribes to respond is a big issue since many tribes have few or overworked enrollment officers who can't always get historical information to enroll their members and/or their children who live off rez. If tribes did manage enrollment at birth, it would certainly help.

Making more Native children adoptees is not a solution. Helping American Indian families stay together is federal law!

1 comment:

  1. Trace:
    Do you know if the parents were REGISTERED MEMBERS of the Delaware Nation?
    Clearly the children were not.

    I read the full attached PDF wondering that question.
    Looks like a very sad case with the Drug Abuse, Bi-polar, mental issues etc.
    Just makes me pause.



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