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

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

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

Funding Opportunity: Support for 988 Tribal Response Cooperative Agreements

2022-09-13T21:12:11+00:00

Application Due Date: Tuesday, October 25, 2022. The purpose of these cooperative agreements is to provide resources to improve response to 988 contacts (including calls, chats, and texts) originating in Tribal communities and/or activated by American Indians/Alaskan Natives. This program aims to: (1) ensure American Indians/Alaskan Natives have access to culturally competent, trained 988 crisis center support; (2) improve integration and support of 988 crisis centers, Tribal nations, and Tribal organizations to ensure there is navigation and follow-up care; and (3) facilitate collaborations with Tribal, state and territory health providers, Urban Indian Organizations, law enforcement, and other first responders in a [...]

Funding Opportunity: Support for 988 Tribal Response Cooperative Agreements2022-09-13T21:12:11+00:00

N. Cheyenne Tribe sues feds over dire public safety on reservation

2022-07-22T20:16:44+00:00

The Northern Cheyenne Tribe is suing the federal government after enduring years of unaddressed violent crime and missing tribal members. The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court for the District of Montana, names the United States, the Department of the Interior, the Bureau of Indian Affairs and several leading officials within those agencies as plaintiffs. The tribe is claiming the federal government has breached its obligation to keep Northern Cheyenne residents on the reservation safe, and demands that the DOI and BIA fulfill those obligations. "Public safety on-reservation is severely compromised due to the lack of meaningful BIA law enforcement presence [...]

N. Cheyenne Tribe sues feds over dire public safety on reservation2022-07-22T20:16:44+00:00

Federal Law Enforcement, Attorneys Directed to Prioritize Violent Crimes Against Indigenous Women

2022-07-22T18:59:50+00:00

On July 14th, U.S. Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco directed federal attorneys and law enforcement agencies to prioritize violent crimes against women in Indian Country. In a memorandum, Deputy Attorney General Monaco, declared it a priority for the Department of Justice to work alongside tribal nations and federal enforcement agencies, to address the disproportionately high rate of violent crimes committed against indigenous women. Deputy Attorney General Monaco, said in her remarks, the action reaffirms the commitment by the Department of Justice to promote public safety in Indian country, and respecting tribal sovereignty. As tribes know best how to make their communities [...]

Federal Law Enforcement, Attorneys Directed to Prioritize Violent Crimes Against Indigenous Women2022-07-22T18:59:50+00:00
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