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

Sovereignty: The Appropriate Way to Address Racial Inequity

By: Ashleigh Fixico On July 22, 2021, one year after the Supreme Court affirmed the Muscogee (Creek) Nation’s (“Nation”) reservation boundaries in McGirt v. Oklahoma, Representative Danny Davis (D-IL) introduced H.R. 4637, a bill to sever the United States’ government-to-government relationship with the Muscogee (Creek) Nation until it restores citizenship to the Mvskoke[1] Freedmen. The … Continue reading Sovereignty: The Appropriate Way to Address Racial Inequity

The Dangers of the McGirt Misinformation Campaign

By: Ryan Maxey The State of Oklahoma would like the United States Supreme Court to reconsider[1] its July 2020 holding in the case of McGirt v. Oklahoma. Governor Kevin Stitt, among others, claims that by holding that the Muscogee Creek reservation was never disestablished,[2] the Supreme Court has thrown the state into chaos. Governor Stitt … Continue reading The Dangers of the McGirt Misinformation Campaign