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Last month, the Alaska State Supreme Court ruled that non-Native parents could adopt an Alaska Native child from the village of Tununak. Advocates for Alaska Native communities expressed concern that this ruling may set a precedent for courts to disregard the Indian Child Welfare Act, or ICWA, which requires Native preference in the adoption of Native American children. How does this new ruling fit in with last year’s historic Supreme Court ruling in the case Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl? Do you think the future of ICWA is at risk? Join us as we talk with experts about improvements and setbacks in the Indian child welfare system.
Jim Davis – litigation attorney for Alaska Legal Services
Terry Cross (Seneca) – director of the National Indian Child Welfare Association (NICWA)
Chase Iron Eyes (Lakota – Standing Rock) – lawyer for the Lakota People’s Law Project