Indian Child Welfare Act

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Nov 10, 2022

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.

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Nov 8, 2022

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.

Jun 3, 2019

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 holds up a onesie that belonged to one of her foster daughters. (Photo by Katie Campbell/Arizona Capitol Times)
Mar 12, 2018

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.

Jun 13, 2017

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.

Jul 17, 2015

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.

This Sept, 27, 2012 file photo shows the covered Supreme Court building in Washington Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012, with a protective scrim, as work continues on the facade. Three years ago, the Supreme Court warned there could be constitutional problems with a landmark civil rights law that has opened voting booths to millions of African-Americans. Now, opponents of a key part of the Voting Rights Act are asking the high court to finish off that provision. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
Jul 8, 2013

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.

Feb 18, 2011

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.