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Tribal Child Welfare in the News - NRC4Tribes
Attorney Lisa F. Cook, a member of the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe, delivered a presentation explaining the goals of ICWA, passed in 1978, along with ways she said the law has failed to work.
â€œThe core of ICWA
is designed to prevent the breakup of the Indian family, or to reunite the Indian family as soon as possible,â€ she
said in an interview after the presentation.
said the law mandates notice to a family before a child is removed, and it facilitates the transfer of cases to tribal courts.
If a child does have to be removed, she
added, the law requires that the childâ€™s placement follow a priority list.
said circumstances sometimes make it hard for ICWA
to work effectively.
mentioned, for instance, times in which adoption agencies and other organizations had sent notice to families on reservations, but because of incorrect spelling or transposed numbers, the information never reached the family.
said the law had been affected by court interpretation, as well.
â€œThe Indian Child Welfare Act is a good law,â€ she
said. â€œHowever, interpretation of it in state court is making a bunch of lousy laws.â€
Women Run! South Dakota
- Lisa F. Cook
Lisa F. Cook
Lisa F. Cook is an attorney in Rapid City, South Dakota.
provides civil legal services to victims of domestic violence, stalking and sexual assault.
Lisa is an enrolled member of the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe and is one of three daughters of Elizabeth Cook-Lynn and Clyde Lynn.
Lisa F. ...
Lisa F. CookWomen Run!
...- Lisa F. Cook
...Lisa F. Cook
...Lisa F. Cook is an attorney in Rapid City, South Dakota.She
provides civil legal services to victims of domestic violence, stalking and sexual assault. Lisa is an enrolled member of the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe and is one of three daughters of Elizabeth Cook-Lynn and Clyde Lynn.
Women Run! South Dakota
Lisa Cook is running for a state representative seat and this is her first shot at it so we want to let her know we've got her back.She's an attorney who puts her skills to work advocating for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault and has years of activism behind her that should be put in service in the legislature.Lisa F. Cook (Dist. 34 House)P.O. Box 9396Rapid City, SD 57709-9396