Native Law

Mona J. v. State, Department of Health & Social Services

Posted on December 21st, 2022

NATIVE LAW/FAMILY LAW Supreme Court of Alaska (2022) Robert Bulka In Mona J. v. State, Department of Health & Social Services, 511 P.3d 553 (Alaska 2022), the supreme court held that while a lack of parental cooperation with the Office of Children’s Services (OCS) does not justify making only passive efforts to provide remedial services Continue Reading »

Metlakatla Indian Community v. Dunleavy

Posted on December 21st, 2022

NATIVE LAW United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit (2022) Connor Sakati In Metlakatla Indian Community v. Dunleavy, 48 F.4th 963 (9th Cir. 2022), the Ninth Circuit held that Alaskan fishing regulations limiting fishers from entering a fishery are inapplicable to the Metlakatla Indian Community, because these regulations would violate the community’s right to fish traditional Continue Reading »

Scudero v. State

Posted on May 6th, 2022

NATIVE LAW Emma Giusto In Scudero v. State, 496 P.3d 381 (Alaska 2021), the supreme court held that an Alaska Native’s fishing rights did not exempt him from the State’s fishing regulations. (Id. at 383). Scudero, a member of the Metlakatla Indian Community, was charged with not having a fishing permit, fishing in closed waters, Continue Reading »

Ahtna, Inc. v. Department of Natural Resources

Posted on January 1st, 2022

NATIVE LAW Emma Giusto In Ahtna, Inc. v. Department of Natural Resources, 2021 Alas. LEXIS 26 (Alaska, Mar. 12, 2021), the supreme court held that (1) the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA), 43 U.S.C. §§ 1601–1629h extinguished aboriginal title and retroactively validated the State’s right of way over Native land, and (2) the right Continue Reading »

Walker E. v. State, Department of Health & Social Services, Office of Children’s Services

Posted on January 1st, 2022

NATIVE LAW, FAMILY LAW Mary Beth Barksdale In Walker E. v. State, Department of Health & Social Services., Office of Children’s Services, 480 P.3d 598, 607 (Alaska 2021), the supreme court upheld the termination of parental rights under the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) and AS 47.10 where the Office of Children’s Services (OCS) had Continue Reading »

Clark J. v. State, Department of Health & Social Services, Office of Children’s Services

Posted on January 1st, 2022

NATIVE LAW, FAMILY LAW Mary Beth Barksdale In Clark J. v. State, Department of Health & Social Services, Office of Children’s Services, 483 P.3d 896 (Alaska 2021), the supreme court reversed the Superior Court’s termination of parental rights, finding clear error where the Office of Children’s Services (OCS) had failed to make active efforts to Continue Reading »

Peidlow v. Williams

Posted on April 14th, 2021

NATIVE LAW Kristen M. Renberg, Ph.D. In Peidlow v. Williams,1the supreme court held that the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) requires a superior court that receives a tribal court order to first determine whether the order was issued in an ICWA child custody proceeding, and if it was, to follow the full faith and credit Continue Reading »

Matter of April S.

Posted on March 10th, 2021

FAMILY LAW / NATIVE LAW Jacob Keohane   Matter of April S. In the Matter of April S., 467 P.3d 1091 (Alaska, 2020), the supreme court ruled that an out-of-state mental health professional qualified as an expert under the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA), given the severity of the child’s psychiatric conditions. The ICWA requires Continue Reading »

Peidlow v. Williams

Posted on October 14th, 2020

In Peidlow v. Williams,¹ the supreme court held that the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) requires a superior court that receives a tribal court order to first determine whether the order was issued in an ICWA child custody proceeding, and if it was, to follow the full faith and credit mandate of the ICWA. The Continue Reading »

Bill S. v. State, Department of Health & Social Services

Posted on April 14th, 2020

In Bill S. v. State, Department of Health & Social Services,[1] the Supreme Court held that clear and convincing evidence of active efforts to prevent the breakup of an Indian Family under the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) must include documented efforts to provide specific assistance rather than vague and overgeneralized testimony. The Office of Continue Reading »

Native Law

Mona J. v. State, Department of Health & Social Services

Posted on December 21st, 2022

NATIVE LAW/FAMILY LAW Supreme Court of Alaska (2022) Robert Bulka In Mona J. v. State, Department of Health & Social Services, 511 P.3d 553 (Alaska 2022), the supreme court held that while a lack of parental cooperation with the Office of Children’s Services (OCS) does not justify making only passive efforts to provide remedial services Continue Reading »

Metlakatla Indian Community v. Dunleavy

Posted on December 21st, 2022

NATIVE LAW United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit (2022) Connor Sakati In Metlakatla Indian Community v. Dunleavy, 48 F.4th 963 (9th Cir. 2022), the Ninth Circuit held that Alaskan fishing regulations limiting fishers from entering a fishery are inapplicable to the Metlakatla Indian Community, because these regulations would violate the community’s right to fish traditional Continue Reading »

Scudero v. State

Posted on May 6th, 2022

NATIVE LAW Emma Giusto In Scudero v. State, 496 P.3d 381 (Alaska 2021), the supreme court held that an Alaska Native’s fishing rights did not exempt him from the State’s fishing regulations. (Id. at 383). Scudero, a member of the Metlakatla Indian Community, was charged with not having a fishing permit, fishing in closed waters, Continue Reading »

Ahtna, Inc. v. Department of Natural Resources

Posted on January 1st, 2022

NATIVE LAW Emma Giusto In Ahtna, Inc. v. Department of Natural Resources, 2021 Alas. LEXIS 26 (Alaska, Mar. 12, 2021), the supreme court held that (1) the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA), 43 U.S.C. §§ 1601–1629h extinguished aboriginal title and retroactively validated the State’s right of way over Native land, and (2) the right Continue Reading »

Walker E. v. State, Department of Health & Social Services, Office of Children’s Services

Posted on January 1st, 2022

NATIVE LAW, FAMILY LAW Mary Beth Barksdale In Walker E. v. State, Department of Health & Social Services., Office of Children’s Services, 480 P.3d 598, 607 (Alaska 2021), the supreme court upheld the termination of parental rights under the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) and AS 47.10 where the Office of Children’s Services (OCS) had Continue Reading »

Clark J. v. State, Department of Health & Social Services, Office of Children’s Services

Posted on January 1st, 2022

NATIVE LAW, FAMILY LAW Mary Beth Barksdale In Clark J. v. State, Department of Health & Social Services, Office of Children’s Services, 483 P.3d 896 (Alaska 2021), the supreme court reversed the Superior Court’s termination of parental rights, finding clear error where the Office of Children’s Services (OCS) had failed to make active efforts to Continue Reading »

Peidlow v. Williams

Posted on April 14th, 2021

NATIVE LAW Kristen M. Renberg, Ph.D. In Peidlow v. Williams,1the supreme court held that the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) requires a superior court that receives a tribal court order to first determine whether the order was issued in an ICWA child custody proceeding, and if it was, to follow the full faith and credit Continue Reading »

Matter of April S.

Posted on March 10th, 2021

FAMILY LAW / NATIVE LAW Jacob Keohane   Matter of April S. In the Matter of April S., 467 P.3d 1091 (Alaska, 2020), the supreme court ruled that an out-of-state mental health professional qualified as an expert under the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA), given the severity of the child’s psychiatric conditions. The ICWA requires Continue Reading »

Peidlow v. Williams

Posted on October 14th, 2020

In Peidlow v. Williams,¹ the supreme court held that the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) requires a superior court that receives a tribal court order to first determine whether the order was issued in an ICWA child custody proceeding, and if it was, to follow the full faith and credit mandate of the ICWA. The Continue Reading »

Bill S. v. State, Department of Health & Social Services

Posted on April 14th, 2020

In Bill S. v. State, Department of Health & Social Services,[1] the Supreme Court held that clear and convincing evidence of active efforts to prevent the breakup of an Indian Family under the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) must include documented efforts to provide specific assistance rather than vague and overgeneralized testimony. The Office of Continue Reading »