READ THE SUIT – Lawsuit Filed Against the BIA’s New ICWA Guidelines

By Tony Mauro, The National Law Journal
May 27, 2015

“A husband-wife team from two Washington, D.C., law offices filed suit Wednesday challenging strict new government guidelines for adopting Native American children in the aftermath of a landmark 2013 U.S. Supreme Court ruling.

“Lori Alvino McGill, a partner at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, and her husband Matthew McGill, a partner at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, filed the case on behalf of the National Council for Adoption and other groups and individuals, including birth parents who placed Indian children with non-Indian adoptive parents…”

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  1. I would also like to know the outcome of this case. My grandaughter was sexually molested by Native Father. The DHHS people from the tribe were cousins of the father. I asked them to recuse themselves from the case. They were from the small tribe of Pleasant Point Passamaquoddy tribe. They said there was no one who wasn’t related to take the case. SO they proceeded. They destroyed my granddaughters due process. They did everything to protect the father which included cuffing her mouth when she tried to tell them what he had done to her. They told her she was a bad girl. They testified no sign of physical trauma there for no proof of sexual abuse. He recieved primary residency. She has complained to deaf ears ever since. Im not allowed to see her because they claim I made up the whole thing. I cant tell you they pain I feel knowing that little girl is being abused over and over again.

    1. We are so sorry to hear this – God be with you and your granddaughter!
      Unfortunately, the case was dismissed in January, 2017.
      How long has this been going on for your granddaughter? Did you have an attorney at the time?

  2. I would love to be kept apprised of this. I am a foster parent in Alaska of a native child, and was informed today that our adoption was put on hold pending further relative searches (in addition to the ones that have been conducted over the last three + years) because ALL non-compliant homes are under review. This is due to the department’s determination to adhere to the new guidelines. The child has been in four placements (native family placement failed) and is free for adoption.

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