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Indian Child Welfare Act Under Scrutiny | The Line

indian child welfare act

November 15, 2019 – Gene Grant and The Line opinion panel discuss the new court case that again questions the constitutionality of the Indian Child Welfare Act. The federal law, passed in 1978, mandates priority placement of Native American children up for adoption within a Native community. The law was created to counteract the historical practice of removing Native American children from their tribe and family and placing them in a non-Indian family or institution.

Line Panelists:
Justine Fox-Young, former NM state representative
Sophie Martin, attorney
Serge Martinez, professor, UNM School of Law
Kristelle Siarza, Siarza Social Digital


For Further Reading:

Court to Rehear Law on Adoptions of Native American ChildrenAssociated Press  

The New War on The Indian Child Welfare Act Political Research Associates 

Tribal families get priority in Native American adoptions. An appeals court will decide whether that’s fair.  The Washington Post 

Federal Judge in Texas Strikes Down Indian Child Welfare Act The Texas Tribune 

Related: As Supreme Court Considers DACA, Protesters Spotlight Adoptees Who Face DeportationNBC News  



A follow up on the 2016 federal sting operation that has led to charges of racial profiling, a look at the Healthy Workforce, plus the Line Panel.

NMiF: former U.S. Attorney Damon Martinez

A federal law enforcement sting operation in Albuquerque that led to a disproportionate number of arrests of African Americans is the subject of conversation when former U.S. Attorney Damon Martinez talks with correspondent Jeff Proctor on this week’s edition of the New Mexico PBS news and public affairs series NEW MEXICO IN FOCUS. The 2016 drug possession sweep has now led to challenges of racial profiling and entrapment.

Also on the program, correspondent Megan Kamerick leads a discussion about the arguments for and against the proposed Healthy Workforce ordinance that’s on the ballot this week in Albuquerque’s Municipal Election. Supporters say requiring paid sick leave leads to a healthier workplace. Opponents say it will hurt small businesses.

And NMiF host Gene Grant and the Line opinion panelists debate some of the top news stories of the week, including Albuquerque Mayor Berry’s final State of the City address, and the disturbing report from the FBI that crime is on the rise in the Duke City.

Host: Gene Grant


Megan Kamerick
Jeff Proctor

Studio Guests:
Damon Martinez, former U.S. Attorney for the District of New Mexico
Jason Espinoza, president/CEO of NM Association of Commerce and Industry (ACI)
Elizabeth Wagoner, attorney with the New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty

Line Panelists: Dan Foley, former House minority whip
Tom Garrity, the Garrity Group PR
Mary Hudetz, reporter for Associated Press
Sophie Martin, attorney


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