More on Justice XI

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A friend respectfully asked me if I could help them understand my thoughts on the SCOTUS Child Welfare Act case. Here are some points I made to them followed by some good articles:
***A note to Two Spirit/Native pals, please feel free to make any corrections or additions***

My understanding of things:
-The Cherokee Nation is a sovereign nation who had US citizenship forced on them

-Therefore, this isn’t just about trans-racial adoption, it is about trans-national adoption (think Madonna tries to adopt a baby from Malawi against the wishes of the people and government of Malawi)

-The adoption wasn’t complete

-Dusten Brown wants to raise his daughter – and thought he would be in his child’s life

-As soon as he found out his child was being put up for adoption, he made moves to gain custody

-The US has a terrible history of forcing Native children away from their homes, families, nations and into boarding schools “Indian Schools,” meant solely for assimilation into white American culture

Here are a couple of great articles that explain it much better than I can:
http://m.colorlines.com/archives/2013/04/the_cherokee_nations_baby_girl_goes_on_trial.html

Here’s an article that came out during the trial in April: http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2013/04/16/supreme-court-takes-indian-child-welfare-act-baby-veronica-case-148855

Here’s the latest article from Indian Country: http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2013/06/26/supreme-court-reverses-remands-baby-veronica-case-back-south-carolina-150121

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