SCOTUS Native Adoption Case.
Landmark Decision Due This Month.
The SCOTUS is set to release a number of decisions this month. Top of mind for us is the decision on Haaland v. Brackeen, which places Native sovereignty at risk. The case involves a white couple from Texas and Native foster children. The couple is petitioning the court for full custody, despite the possibility of the children moving in with Native family members on Navajo territory. It’s a complex case that challenges federal law governing Native adoptions and—surprise, surprise—involves dark money libertarian forces eager to upend Native rights of sovereignty.
- NARF: FAQ 18: Adoption - A Practical Guide to the Indian Child Welfare Act
- The New York Times: Who Can Adopt a Native American Child? A Texas Couple vs. 573 Tribes
- Oyez: Haaland v. Brackeen
- Justia: United States v. Holliday :: 70 U.S. 407 (1865) :: Justia US Supreme Court Center
- Justia: Brackeen v. Haaland, No. 18-11479 (5th Cir. 2021)
- EdWeek: Native American Children Endured Brutal Treatment in U.S. Boarding Schools, Federal Report Shows
- The Indigenous Foundation: The U.S. history of Native American Boarding Schools
- American Civil Liberties Union: ACLU Files Amicus Brief Urging Supreme Court to Uphold the Indian Child Welfare Act
- ICT News: The fate of Indian Child Welfare before the Supreme Court