MSU College of Law News

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March 6, 2007

CONTACT: KATIE GALLAGHER
517/432-6848, galla145@law.msu.edu

MSU LAW INDIGENOUS LAW AND POLICY CENTER PRESENTS
"THE INDIAN CHILD WELFARE ACT AT 30: FACING THE FUTURE"

3rd Annual Indigenous Law Conference to be held at Michigan State University

EAST LANSING, Mich. – The Indigenous Law and Policy Center at MSU College of Law will host its 3rd annual conference March 16-17 at MSU. "The Indian Child Welfare Act at 30: Facing the Future," will focus on legal aspects involving the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) at the national, state and tribal levels.

Beginning with an elder prayer and honor song by the Asiniis Singers of MSU, the one-and-a-half-day conference will include panels on "Working on the Front Lines: The Role of Social Work in Response to the Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978," "Local Perspectives of the Indian Child Welfare Act," and "The Legal Future of the Indian Child Welfare Act."

"ICWA was implemented in 1978 by the United States Congress with the intention of keeping American Indian children removed from their homes within their extended families and tribal relationships," Director of the Indigenous Law and Policy Center Matthew L.M. Fletcher said. "Because of different interpretations of the Act by states, tribal governments, and child welfare agencies, it is critical that the conference explore why ICWA was implemented nearly 30 years ago and whether it is achieving its goals now."

Fridayís luncheon keynote speaker will be Philip S. (Sam) Deloria, Director of the American Indian Law Center, Inc. Other conference presenters include B.J. Jones, author of the Indian Child Welfare Handbook, and Terry Cross, Director of the National Indian Child Welfare Association. Papers written for the conference will be collected in a book edited by Matthew L.M. Fletcher and Wenona T. Singel, and published by Michigan State University Press.

The conference will take place at the MSU Union Gold rooms A & B from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday March 16 and from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday March 17. Registration is free for MSU students/faculty/administration attending the conference portion only. Register and learn more information online at www.law.msu.edu/indigenous/conf or by contacting Ashley Harding, Program Coordinator, at 517/432-6939.

MSU College of Law was founded 1891 and is a private institution of higher learning devoted exclusively to professional education in law. The Law College is one of only a few private law schools to be affiliated with a research university enabling it to provide a comprehensive interdisciplinary legal education program. Classes offered in its state-of-the-art facilities provide students the benefits of a Big Ten campus while maintaining the small school culture. Its 2006 graduates achieved a 93 percent bar examination passage rate nationwide and the Law Collegeís Intellectual Property and Communications Law Program falls in the nationís top-20 according to U.S. News & World Report. The Law College is one of the oldest continuously operating independent law colleges in the nation. For more information about the Law College, visit www.law.msu.edu.

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