Justices grapple with legality of Indian Child Welfare Act in marathon hearing
Over the course of three hours Wednesday, the Supreme Court grappled with whether a law meant to keep Indigenous children with Native American families should be overturned as racist and unconstitutional, as critics charge.
Supreme Court asked to rule ‘gold standard’ of tribal adoption laws racist
The Supreme Court will consider Wednesday whether the Indian Child Welfare Act is the “gold standard” of child welfare policy or an “outrageous and unconstitutional” law that has outlived its time.
U.S. Supreme Court refuses to hear Indian Child Welfare case
The U.S. Supreme Court has rebuffed a bid to void a federal law that challengers claim is racist because it places the desires and rights of Native American tribes over the constitutionally protected best interests of children.
Darcy Olsen: A new generation of justice for foster kids
Even after seven years as a foster parent, Darcy Olsen still gets teary eyed talking about the children who have come into her life. Not just for those the system has failed but also for the success stories.
Arizona Supreme Court limits right of tribes to intercede in adoption cases
In a unanimous decision, the justices rejected arguments by the Gila River Indian Community that Arizona court must transfer such cases to tribal courts. Writing for the court Chief Justice Scott Bales said while such transfer is permissive, it is not a right.
Culture War: Lawmakers split with tribal leaders over future of Indian Child Welfare Act
Two lawmakers who represent eight Indian tribes aren’t standing with tribal leaders who see a Goldwater Institute lawsuit challenging provisions of the Indian Child Welfare Act as an attack on a law that rectified historic wrongs.
Some ‘disappointed’ by Supreme Court’s ruling on Indian adoptions
WASHINGTON – Arizona experts said the Supreme Court’s recent ruling against a Native American father who was fighting to stop his daughter from being adopted may only have “muddied the waters” for future cases.
Fixing the unbroken while the broken needs all the attention
There are so many critical issues facing our embattled yet beloved state. Foremost is the financial stability and sustainability of both our private and public sectors. Following that fundamental concern is the welfare of our communities in the areas of health care, education, housing, etc.