A non-Native woman in Alaska refuses to abide by a tribal court order to turn an Alaska Native foster child over to the girl’s family members. It’s a blatant disregard of tribal sovereignty even after a notable re-affirmation of the Indian Child Welfare Act by the U.S. Supreme Court. The woman took custody of the child, named Chanel, at the request of the girl’s father, right before he was convicted of murdering Chanel’s mother during a domestic dispute. We’ll look at that case, as well as efforts to bolster ICWA compliance elsewhere.
Antonia Commack (Iñupiaq from the Native Village of Shungnak), best friend of Baby Chanel’s mother
Bossii Opsal (Iñupiaq from the Native Village of Koyuk), Sacramento State University student and social media influencer
Simona Bearcub (citizen of the Fort Peck Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes), community defense and land defender
Sydney Tarzwell, staff attorney for the Native American Rights Fund
Break 1 Music: Son of the Sun (song) Willie Dunn (artist) Native North America (Vol. 1): Aboriginal Folk, Rock, And Country 1966-1985 (album)
Break 2 Music: Bear Beats (song) Cheevers Toppah (artist) True Melodies (album)