Who’s Really Behind Brackeen v. Haaland?: The conspiracy that a law firm and Big Oil are duplicitously undermining tribal sovereignty through Native children.

By: Brittany Habbart On February 28, the U.S. Supreme Court announced they will hear Brackeen v. Haaland, a lawsuit challenging the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA).[1] ICWA is an important piece of legislation that protects American Indian and Alaska Native children from being separated from their family and culture.[2] The Brackeens, the white adoptive parents … Continue reading Who’s Really Behind Brackeen v. Haaland?: The conspiracy that a law firm and Big Oil are duplicitously undermining tribal sovereignty through Native children.

Cannabis at the Casino: Another High Stakes Game

By: Ashleigh Fixico In 2020, the Smart and Safe Arizona Act (“Prop 207”) legalized the production, sale, possession, and consumption of recreational marijuana for adults throughout the state. Prop 207 not only permits adults over the age of 21 to lawfully possess and use specific quantities of cannabis, but it also establishes an expungement process … Continue reading Cannabis at the Casino: Another High Stakes Game

Brackeen in Context: The Shortfalls of Equal Protection Jurisprudence and a Proposed Alternative

By: Ryan Maxey In September of last year, a petition for a writ of certiorari was filed before the Supreme Court in the case Brackeen v. Haaland, challenging the constitutionality of the Indian Child Welfare Act, or ICWA.1 ICWA was passed in 1978 to bring an end to decades of systematic removal of Native children … Continue reading Brackeen in Context: The Shortfalls of Equal Protection Jurisprudence and a Proposed Alternative

Building Capacity to Protect Native Power: Lessons from Amber Ortega’s Fight

By: Priyal Thakkar On the morning of her arrest, Amber Ortega was praying with Nellie Jo David at Quitobaquito Springs, a sacred site where Hia C-ed O’odham families, like Ortega’s, lived before it was purchased by the National Park Service. “Quitobaquito is the reason for our survival,” she said.[1] “This place has a strong history … Continue reading Building Capacity to Protect Native Power: Lessons from Amber Ortega’s Fight

American Indian Adoptees’ Mental Health in Non-Indian Homes

By: Brittany Habbart The crippling effects American Indian (AI) adoption has had on the Indian community forced Congress to take action and pass the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) in 1978.[1] Since then, ICWA has continued “to protect the best interests of Indian children and to promote the stability and security of Indian tribes and … Continue reading American Indian Adoptees’ Mental Health in Non-Indian Homes