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Indian Child Welfare Act

A lawsuit challenging the Indian Child Welfare Act received a split decision in federal appeals court on April 6, 2021. The law, the lawsuit and the split resulted in a 300-plus-page decision that confounded experts and lay people alike. The decision won’t impact Alaska directly. But legal experts  say Alaska should still keep an eye on the case.

New federal rule could prevent litigation over Native children in state custody

By Jennifer Canfield, KTOO - Juneau

Under new federal guidance, it will be easier for potential Alaska Native and Native American parents to adopt Native children in state custody.

The first bill to come out of the Legislative special session may be one that streamlines handling of children in state custody. All the testimony yesterday [Wednesday] before the Senate Judiciary Committee supported passage of House Bill 200.

5/4/16

Legislation limiting who can provide sex education moving forward

By the Associated Press

Conference Committee, House and Senate scheduled to meet Friday

Representatives of the state House and Senate serving on the Legislative Conference Committee are scheduled to meet tomorrow at 10 a.m. Their assignment is to come up with a compromise operating budget. The Senate calendar shows it plans to convene tomorrow at 11 a.m. and the House at 2 p.m. Friday. Lay off warning notices were sent Monay to about 10-thousand state employees, giving them 30-days-notice they’ll be laid off if the Legislature doesn’t pass a budget by July 1.

Gov. Bill Walker, rally-goers urge Legislative vote on Medicaid expansion

Governor Bill Walker spoke at a rally Thursday in favor of Medicaid expansion outside the capital in Juneau. As KSKA’s Zachariah Hughes reports, the event is another strategy from the administration to get lawmakers to bring the issue to a vote in the Legislature.

Standing on the capital steps in an on-again, off-again drizzle, Anica Ord of Juneau said that as a recent college graduate she falls into the coverage donut hole for health insurance that expanded Medicaid would fill.

Tununak v state of Alaska is "potentially explosive"

Yesterday, the state Department of Law asked the Alaska Supreme Court for more time in a case tribes say will show whether Governor Bill Walker is serious about campaign pledges to work cooperatively with tribes, and determine how the Indian Child Welfare Act, or ICWA, will be implemented in Alaska.

State asks Alaska Supreme Court for a 30-day extension in Tununak vs. State of Alaska case

Tribes say the Governor's position creates obstacles for relatives and tribal members who want to adopt a Native child

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