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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Resolution: Michigan Indian Family Preservation Act

MICHIGAN JUDGES ASSOCIATION Resolution in support of Michigan Indian Family Preservation Act
WHEREAS, the Michigan Judges Association is committed to the
improvement of the process and outcomes of child protection cases throughout
the State of Michigan; and
WHEREAS, the Conference of Chief Justices through Resolution 5, 2011 and
the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges through separate
resolutions, recognize that tribal courts serve the children and families of
sovereign nations with the same authority and responsibility as state courts; and
WHEREAS, the Conference of Chief Justices encourages each state court
judge to communicate and collaborate with their tribal court counterparts when a
Native American child or family may be involved in a case, and the National
Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges is committed to complying with the
letter and spirit of the Indian Child Welfare Act; and
WHEREAS, the Michigan Judges Association has a history of working to
improve state-tribal court relations through Michigan’s Court Improvement
Program including: the creation of an ICWA Court Resource Guide; statewide
ICWA training for state and tribal justice systems; ICWA training for new state and
tribal judges; ICWA amendments to the Michigan Court Rules; and proposed state
ICWA legislation to encourage and reinforce compliance with the letter and spirit
of the law by state court justice systems.
BE IT THEREFORE RESOLVED, that the Michigan Judges Association supports
the adoption and enactment of the proposed Indian Family Preservation Act by
the Michigan legislature, in recognition of its ongoing commitment to improve the
process and outcomes of child protection cases throughout the State of Michigan.
http://turtletalk.files.wordpress.com/2012/01/resolution-in-support-mifpa-2.pdf


[The Judges passed this unanimously! If every state did this, we could celebrate!...Trace]

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Congress enacted the ICWA to protect the best interests of Indian children and to prevent the erosion of tribal ties and cultural heritage by preserving future Indian generations. In enacting the ICWA, Congress declared that “it is the policy of this Nation to protect the best interests of Indian children and to promote the stability and security of Indian tribes and families by the establishment of minimum Federal standards for the removal of Indian children from their families and the placement of such children in foster or adoptive homes which will reflect the unique values of Indian culture…” (25 U.S.C. § 1902.)

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