AP Story: Abused kids die as authorities fail to protect

The Associated Press released a story today with the headline “Abused kids die as authorities fail to protect.”  The main thrust of the story is that kids are dying from abuse in situations where authorities should have known they were being abused.  The story describes the child welfare system as “failing.” For some of the…

OST v Van Hunnick – Additional Briefs & Thoughts

The Defendants in the Oglala Sioux Tribe v Van Hunnick federal class action suit submitted responses to the Plaintiff’s motions for summary judgment in early September.  Those responses are linked below: 2014_09_05 128 Defendant’s Reponse to 1922 Summary Judgment Motion 2014_09_05 129 Defendant’s Reponse to Due Process Summary Judgment Motion The responsive briefs of the…

NPR Tries to Downgrade Ombudsman Position

Not long after the controversy created when NPR Ombudsman Edward Schumacher-Matos deconstructed the Native Foster Care Series, NPR has attempted to restrict the role of its ombudsman.  While searching for a replacement for Mr. Schumacher-Matos, who would have left anyway as his three-year term was approaching an end, NPR posted a job description for the…

OST v. Van Hunnick Federal Class Action Update

I have been a bit behind in keeping up-to-date on the latest happenings in the Oglala Sioux Tribe v. Van Hunnik federal class action.  For those wanting more timely updates, my suggestion is to follow the Turtle Talk blogging of Matthew L.M. Fletcher and Kate Ford regarding the case. At this point, it appears that…

Motion to Compel Granted in Federal ICWA Suit

I previously wrote about the discovery dispute in the Oglala Sioux Tribe v. Van Hunnik federal class action suit.  As I speculated would happen, the Federal Court has directly ordered the court reporters to produce the transcripts in question.  The Order Granting Motion to Compel is provided below.  I previously wrote about this case here…

Federal Class Action Discovery Dispute Update

The latest development in the federal class-action suit Oglala Sioux Tribe v. Van Hunnik, which I previously wrote about here, is a dispute over discovery.  Here is a very brief summary of that dispute. The Federal Court has essentially said that transcripts of every third 48 hour hearing in ICWA case should be produced.  South…