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  •  Our family has been affected by this issue. (11+ / 0-)

    Our younger daughter's grandfather was one of the many Indians removed from his tribal home and placed in a white home for adoption.  Our daughter has enough blood quantum to be a member of her tribe, but the documentation is lacking.  We are working hard to get the proper documentation, get her tribal card and bring her culture into our home and into her life.  If she had been placed in another home, her cultural heritage would be completely lost.

    In another twist in our adoption journey, one of the placements we were offered was a member of the Oglala Sioux.  We passed because we knew that there were many more appropriate tribal placements and we felt more comfortable with those, even if after the ICWA trial the baby would be released for placement in a non-Native home.  It's likely that baby went to a non-Native home, but I always hope she was placed with her many family members in SD.

    This topic is near and dear to our family's hearts!

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    by the dogs sockpuppet on Sat Feb 02, 2013 at 02:20:20 PM PST

    •  On the one hand, . . . (7+ / 0-)

      I'm grateful that you passed on the placement in favor of letting them find an Oglala home.  On the other, I have my doubts as to whether the child went to an Oglala home at all, in which case, placement with you would very likely have been better than the child's current situation, since you're clearly aware of the cultural issues involved.

      I hope she got a kinship placement, too.  Thank you, though, for your awareness and for trying to keep her with her family.

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      by Aji on Sat Feb 02, 2013 at 02:30:36 PM PST

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      •  I know, I know... You are saying what (10+ / 0-)

        weighs heavy on my heart on a daily basis...  Don't make me cry!  

        But here's the thing that you already know.  That case was going to be filed in accordance with ICWA.  But it was going to be very pro-forma.  The states have this whole racket where they know exactly which judges to present to, and who will rubber stamp the paperwork.  It wasn't going to be fair or just and I knew that.  How could I look at my beautiful daughter in the eye and tell her that she was taken from her people.  The moral and ethical issues in that are overwhelming... Let alone the emotional issues that she would face :(

        At least with our little daughter, we know what happened with her grandfather and that her mother was raised in a completely non-Native environment.  If we can get the information that we need, maybe we can give both our daughter and her tribe a gift of something that would have never been.  We insisted on filing with ICWA, despite the fact that it wasn't necessary in our case... just to make it known to the tribe.  They declined.

        20 innocent children were slaughtered. The gun lobby and NRA bear responsibility and it is time to fight back! http://www.csgv.org/index.php

        by the dogs sockpuppet on Sat Feb 02, 2013 at 02:41:32 PM PST

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        •  LOL - I'm sitting here crying. (7+ / 0-)

          Why should you be exempt? :-D

          And "which judges":  Yes.  It's called forum-shopping, and it occurs across the board in all aspects of the law.  Supposedly it's one of those things that's improper, but that's honored in the breach, shall we say.

          Good luck with your daughter's application process!

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          by Aji on Sat Feb 02, 2013 at 04:03:52 PM PST

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          •  We're all clear. The tribe didn't feel like (4+ / 0-)
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            they had a compelling interest, but it clears me to start working on her tribal card.

            I had a good cry.  I feel better now.  Hopefully we can get some action on this issue.

            20 innocent children were slaughtered. The gun lobby and NRA bear responsibility and it is time to fight back! http://www.csgv.org/index.php

            by the dogs sockpuppet on Sat Feb 02, 2013 at 04:51:25 PM PST

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