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Justice Department Supports Native Americans In Child Welfare Case

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August 29, 2014 4:07 PM ET

“The Justice Department has weighed in on a class-action lawsuit in South Dakota pitting Native American tribes against state officials, and come down resoundingly in support of tribes.

It’s the first time the department has intervened in a federal district court case involving the Indian Child Welfare Act, a law meant to keep Native American families together. The department filed an amicus brief in the case concluding that the state is violating the rights of Native American parents.”

 

call for participants: The Native Nations Institute

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The Native Nations Institute would like to help tribes to strengthen ties with off-reservation citizens, whether they have moved away from the their nation’s land base, or never lived on tribal lands in the first place. Are you a citizen of a federally recognized American Indian tribe or Alaska Native village, aged 18-29, who is living outside the boundaries of his or her Native nation?  We invite you to take a short survey about your experiences and add your perspective to the conversation.

The purpose of the project is to answer two questions: 1.  Are there meaningful ways for Native young people to participate in the community as citizens, even while living “off-reservation”? 2. How can tribes facilitate enduring connections and engagement with their young adult, off-reservation populations?

For more information, please contact Jennifer Schultz (jschult1@email.arizona.edu) or Stephanie Carroll Rainie (scrainie@email.arizona.edu).

To take the survey, please CLICK HERE.

Jennifer Lee Schultz, PhD

Senior Researcher, Native Nations Institute

Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy

University of Arizona

803 E. First Street

Tucson, AZ 85719

Email: jschult1@email.arizona.edu

Cell: 520-333-9214