But if a Native person did NOT violate a federal, state or tribal law and ICWA is still used by that person's tribe what is everyone's answer to that? Because it has, it is, and continues to happen. The native child, placed by white services with the tribe's blessings in a native home of the same tribe can be uprooted just because of political power and no checks or balances. The birth mother doesn't want this daughter and the home she is living in is a tribal home but still 7 years later this child has been placed 13 different times and is still being bounced around. So what is the answer to this situation? The child is emotionally damaged because of the tribe and ICWA and she has been placed back with the only two parents she ever knew for the 5th time but she remembers that 4 other times social services said they were and then they weren't her parents but oh now they are again. No child deserves this!! And ICWA does not protect native children even when placed in licensed native tribal member homes. The children are the future they should be treated as such. This law is wrong and the examples never take into account what is really happening out there in Indian Country. It's not only the Veronica's of the world that have their entire lives changed because of this law.
Wednesday, December 26, 2012 - 07:12