Entries by Nicole Scott

TRIBAL ALERT: Funding for California Tribal Courts

California Indian Legal Services and the California Tribal Court Judges’ Association strongly urge you to contact your California Senators and Congressional Representative and encourage them to enact permanent funding for California Tribal Courts. Tribal Courts situated in Public Law 280 (PL 280) states, such as California, have historically been denied tribal court and law enforcement […]

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Staff Attorney Position Available – Eureka Office

Looking for a Eureka Staff Attorney to work collaboratively with other staff to provide exceptional legal services in all areas of Federal Indian law. Program Description: California Indian Legal Services is a statewide, tribally controlled, non-profit corporation that provides legal services to Indian tribes, Indian organizations and low-income individual Indians on issues involving Federal Indian […]

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Supreme Court Upholds Enrollment Rule for Indian Children

By Mark Radoff & Mark Vezzola San Francisco, July 14, 2016 The California Supreme Court recently invalidated a rule of court compelling counties to enroll tribal children in pre-ICWA dependency cases but affirmed Social Service’s obligation to assist in enrollment after an Indian child finding has been made. The case, which is cited as In […]

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California Supreme Court Limits Forfeiture Doctrine in ICWA Cases

In only its third opinion on the Indian Child Welfare Act, the California Supreme Court issued its In re Isaiah W. ruling regarding a parent’s forfeiture of the right to appeal ICWA violations. Isaiah W. involved a mother’s tardy appeal of the Act’s notice and inquiry provisions. The mother, Ashlee R., failed to appeal ICWA’s […]

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