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Matthew L. M. Fletcher is Professor and Director of the Indigenous Law and Policy Center, Michigan State University College of Law; and an enrolled member of the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa an...Click here for more information.
Wenona T. Singel is an Assistant Professor and Associate Director of the Indigenous Law and Policy Center, Michigan State University. She is an Appellate Judge for the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians, of which she is an enrolled member, and the Grand Traverse Band.Click here for more information.
Kathryn E. Fort is an Adjunct Professor and Staff Attorney for the Indigenous Law and Policy Center, Michigan State University.Click here for more information.
Facing the Future: The Indian Child Welfare Act at 30
This is a comprehensive evaluation of well-intentioned but problematic
federal legislation: The U.S. Congress is charged with responsibility
for the protection and preservation of American Indian tribes,
including Indian children. In 1978, Congress enacted the Indian Child
Welfare Act (ICWA), with the intent to "protect the best interests of
Indian children and to promote the stability and security of Indian
tribes and families." ICWA sets federal requirements that apply to
state child custody proceedings involving an Indian child who is a
member of or eligible for membership in a federally recognized tribe.
ICWA also sets out federal requirements regarding removal of Indian
children and their placement in foster or adoptive homes, and it
allows the child's tribe to intervene in the case.
"...a comprehensive evaluation of well- intentioned but problematic federal legislation....a magnificent contribution to the field. It brings together a cadre of impressive and varied voices to explicate the deeply significant jurisprudential and practical implications of the Indian Child Welfare Act in a contemporary world." The complete review is available online at www.sirreadalot.org/#singel
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