This is a heartbreaking case that could have been avoided. I think the lawyers facilitating the adoption should be disbarred. What they did was morally and ethically bankrupt and a child, a father and a couple who wanted a child all suffer--- absolutely reprehensible. American Indian children should be raised in their culture. This isn't a debate of which family is more loving, it is critical to understand that those who are adopted outside their tribe will never know how much they lose when they are adopted away from their rich tribal heritage. The comment about blood quantum just shows how much people do NOT understand American Indian tribes. I am 1/2 Seneca and 1/2 Irish and my connection to the Seneca Nation and tribal traditions has been instrumental in making me stable, healthy and productive individual in society. I thank God my parents raised me to understand that this was an intrinsic part of who I am. The ICWA is a critical safeguard against a corrupt Western society that has perpetuated violence against Natives since stepping foot on this land.
Tuesday, April 16, 2013 - 15:45