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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  

 

 

The Line: Counties Pass Laws Counteracting State Policy

New Mexico Legislature

March 15, 2019 – Gene Grant and the Line opinion panelists examine tensions between the state and counties over a “right-to-work” ordinance ban and new gun safety laws and proposals.

Line Panelists:
Merritt Allen, owner and executive director, Vox Optima LLC
Dede Feldman, former NM State Senator
Tom Garrity, the Garrity Group PR
Sophie Martin, attorney

For Further Reading:

Senate sends gov. bill striking down local ‘right-to-work’ measures – by Andrew Oxford and Milan Simonich, Santa Fe New Mexican

Lawmakers vote to ban local ‘right-to-work’ laws– by Dan McKay, Albuquerque Journal

Background checks for all gun sales now NM law– by Dan Boyd, Albuquerque Journal

Governor signs law expanding checks on gun sales – by Andrew Oxford, Santa Fe New Mexican