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…

Motions to Dismiss Denied in Federal Class Action

On January 28, 2014, the Federal District Court denied all motions to dismiss that had been submitted in Oglala Sioux Tribe v. Van Hunnik, and also certified the case as a class action.  I have been waiting for these decisions by the Court before writing about this case, but unfortunately find myself too busy to…

I’m on Twitter, and Links Regarding NPR Ombudsman’s Report

Against my better judgment, I opened a Twitter account today.  You can follow me at @KyleDKrause.  Chances are that virtually everything I tweet in the near future will be related to the report done by the NPR Ombudsman regarding the Native Foster Care series. NPR Ombudsman Edward Schumacher-Matos, appeared on-air today on All Things Considered…