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Disciples Memorial Parsha of Vayakhel-Pekudei

June 3, 2017

REUTERS: South Carolina city to pay $6.5 million over police shooting of black man

June 3, 2017

Source: REUTERS: South Carolina city to pay $6.5 million over police shooting of black man

2015 in review

May 16, 2017

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 640 times in 2015. If it were a cable car, it would take about 11 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

The Guardian: “Dakota Access pipeline has first leak before pipeline is fully operational”

May 11, 2017

Dakota Gaming Patron’s Privacy Act Complaint Dismissed

May 9, 2017

Turtle Talk

Here are the materials in Block v. Dakota Nation Gaming Commission (D.S.D.):

1 Complaint

5 Motion to Dismiss

9 DCT Order

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Unpublished Decision from Alaska Declining to Apply 2015 ICWA Guidelines Provision on Expert Witnesses

May 7, 2017

Turtle Talk


Even before the holding, the Court brushes aside some pretty disturbing facts, including:

OCS noted that Casey might be affiliated with the Asa’carsamiut Tribe and that the children were believed to be Indian children affiliated with the Tribe. . . . In September the Tribe attempted to intervene. Because the Tribe’s documents were ambiguous about Casey’s tribal membership and the Tribe did not respond to the trial court’s request for clarification, in November the trial court denied the intervention motion without prejudice. At about the same time the trial court granted OCS’s motion to remove the children from Kent’s home.

In August 2013 OCS petitioned to terminate Kent’s and Casey’s parental rights, stating that the children were “not believed to be Indian children” and setting out the grounds for termination.  In its order terminating Kent’s parental rights, the trial court first stated that it had made findings at…

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Article on the Disparity Between the States Regarding Termination of Parental Rights

May 7, 2017

Turtle Talk

Here. Not ICWA-specific, but an interesting article on the wide difference of the states in terminating parental rights.

Across the country, the availability of effective support services is viewed as crucial in helping reduce the need for foster care placements and parental rights terminations, both of which are considered undesirable outcomes for most children.

Professor Martin Guggenheim, a child welfare expert at New York University School of Law, is among those contending that too many parents lose their rights and too many children go into foster care. Parents’ legal prospects vary widely from state to state when it comes to challenging termination, he says; many who are indigent are represented by court-appointed lawyers with heavy caseloads.

Too often, Guggenheim said, terminations produce “legal orphans” — young people who are separated from their parents, then do not receive a successful adoption placement, and eventually age out of the foster care…

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