Race Question in Supreme Court Adoption Case Unnerves Tribes

2022-11-10T16:01:09+00:00

The issue is whether a federal law that seeks to place Native American foster children in Native American homes is constitutional. The case could turn on whether the justices see tribes as racial groups or sovereign nations. The little girl who will soon be known by the nine justices of the United States Supreme Court as Y.R.J. is now 4 years old. For much of her short life she has been living with Dr. Jennifer Brackeen and Chad Brackeen, a suburban Texas couple fighting with the Navajo Nation to adopt her. Y.R.J.’s birth mother is Navajo. The Brackeens are white. On [...]

Race Question in Supreme Court Adoption Case Unnerves Tribes2022-11-10T16:01:09+00:00

Navajo woman walks from Ariz. to D.C. to spotlight her missing aunt, other victims

2022-11-08T22:22:31+00:00

Seraphine Warren stepped foot in Washington on Sunday evening, with the eagle feathers on her prayer staff waving in the breeze, as she completed her nearly 2,400-mile prayer walk from Sweetwater, Ariz., on the Navajo Nation. She undertook the journey in honor of her aunt Ella Mae Begay, a Dineh (Navajo) elder who disappeared 16 months ago, and to raise awareness of the alarming numbers of missing and murdered Indigenous people, especially women. The missing and murdered Indigenous women movement (#MMIW) has gained traction in recent years as Native American activists have criticized tribal and federal law enforcement officials for failing [...]

Navajo woman walks from Ariz. to D.C. to spotlight her missing aunt, other victims2022-11-08T22:22:31+00:00

Justice Department Updates Guidelines for Victim and Witness Assistance

2022-10-27T20:30:08+00:00

The Justice Department today released revised Attorney General Guidelines for Victim and Witness Assistance. The revised guidelines update, for the first time in a decade, when and how Department employees work with victims and witnesses of crime to ensure that their voices are heard and that they are protected during criminal justice proceedings. The guidelines apply to all department employees engaged in the investigative, prosecutorial, correctional, and parole functions within the criminal justice system. In 1982, Congress directed the Attorney General to promulgate the first Attorney General guidelines, which have been revised periodically to reflect changes in the law. This update [...]

Justice Department Updates Guidelines for Victim and Witness Assistance2022-10-27T20:30:08+00:00

Can Indian Country withstand the new Supreme Court?

2022-10-19T20:26:25+00:00

The High Court is set to hear a case that will affect thousands of Native kids. Is it qualified to judge? On Nov. 9, the eyes of Indian Country will once again turn toward the nation’s capital, where the Supreme Court will hear a challenge to the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA), a law passed in 1978 that enshrines tribal governments’ right to oversee foster care placements in cases involving Native children. The bill followed the damage done by the U.S. boarding school system and extractive adoption practices, which stripped Native youth of their culture and removed them from their communities. [...]

Can Indian Country withstand the new Supreme Court?2022-10-19T20:26:25+00:00

House Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples Oversight Hearing Castro-Huerta Supreme Court Ruling

2022-10-27T20:34:14+00:00

On September 20, the United States House of Representatives Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples (SCIP) held an oversight hearing entitled “Examining Oklahoma v. Castro-Huerta: The Implications of the Supreme Court’s Ruling on Tribal Sovereignty.” Mary Kathryn Nagle, Counsel to NIWRC, testified at the hearing about the negative impact the Castro-Huerta ruling has on the safety of Native women, children, and communities. Watch the hearing here. On September 26, the US Department of Justice hosted a Tribal consultation on the Castro-Huerta decision.

House Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples Oversight Hearing Castro-Huerta Supreme Court Ruling2022-10-27T20:34:14+00:00

Presidential Proclamation on National Domestic Violence Awareness and Prevention Month 2022

2022-10-27T20:35:12+00:00

On September 30, President Biden proclaimed October as Domestic Violence Awareness and Prevention Month (DVAM) and called on all Americans to speak out against domestic violence and support victims, survivors, advocates, and service providers. Read the proclamation...

Presidential Proclamation on National Domestic Violence Awareness and Prevention Month 20222022-10-27T20:35:12+00:00

16 Tribes Selected to Enhance Tribal Access to National Crime Information Databases

2022-10-27T20:36:34+00:00

The Department of Justice has selected an additional 16 federally recognized Tribes to participate in the continued expansion of the Tribal Access Program for National Crime Information (TAP), a program that provides Tribal governments with means to access, enter and exchange data with national crime information systems, including those maintained by the FBI Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) Division. The program provides training as well as software and biometric/biographic kiosk workstations to process fingerprints, take mugshots, and submit information to CJIS systems. With these additional Tribes, there are now 123 federally recognized Tribes participating in TAP. Read more...

16 Tribes Selected to Enhance Tribal Access to National Crime Information Databases2022-10-27T20:36:34+00:00

Acting Director Allison Randall (OVW) Remarks at 17th Annual Violence Against Women Tribal Consultation

2022-10-27T20:38:51+00:00

Anchorage, AK ~ Wednesday, September 21, 2022: "Good morning everyone. Welcome to both our virtual and in-person participants to the 17th Annual Government-to-Government Violence Against Women Tribal Consultation — our first in-person consultation since 2019. We are profoundly grateful to be here with the largest group of participants in our history of consultation. I would like to thank Elizabeth Sonnyboy for the beautiful traditional prayer and blessing.It is so wonderful to be with those of you who made the journey to join us in Anchorage, the traditional and sacred homeland of the Dena’ina and Dene peoples.  It is crucial that we [...]

Acting Director Allison Randall (OVW) Remarks at 17th Annual Violence Against Women Tribal Consultation2022-10-27T20:38:51+00:00

Justice Department Announces More Than $246 Million in Grants for Tribal Nations

2022-10-27T20:39:48+00:00

September 21, 2022: The Justice Department announced that it will award more than $246 million in grants to American Indian and Alaska Native communities to improve public safety and serve crime victims. The announcement coincides with the 17th Annual Government-to-Government Violence Against Women Tribal Consultation, Sept. 21st to 23rd in Anchorage, Alaska. “Each year, this event serves as a necessary reminder of the violence perpetrated against women in Tribal communities across the country, as well as an important opportunity to confront this public safety crisis with the urgency it demands,” Read more...

Justice Department Announces More Than $246 Million in Grants for Tribal Nations2022-10-27T20:39:48+00:00

The night the greyhounds came

2022-10-27T20:41:16+00:00

In northern Arizona and southern Utah, shared experiences of the boarding school round-ups live with survivors to this day. By By Alastair Lee Bitsóí, High Country News. They told Willie Grayeyes (Diné) to sleep in his clothes — to not even take off his black shoes. At any moment, the Tuba City Boarding School staff members said, the 7-year-old would be called upon. Not knowing what that meant, he obeyed, and, in the middle of the night, they woke him. Staffers drove Grayeyes 11 miles to the junction of U.S. Highway 89 and Highway 160 near Tuba City, Arizona, in the [...]

The night the greyhounds came2022-10-27T20:41:16+00:00
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