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The Rost case revolves around two twins who are part Native American, and the battle of their tribe, the Dry Creek Rancheria, to invoke the Indian Child Welfare Act and have the children removed from their adoptive home and placed with their grandmother. The tribe won the case initially, but lost in appeal on January 18, 1996. You can read the entire opinion from the California Appeals Court now. This case led many in the community to put pressure on the government to amend the ICWA, and several bills ensued that would have seriously undermined the First Nations' right to self-determination. In response,the National Congress of American Indians came up with their own amendments to the ICWA. These competing philosophies are still dueling it out in the United States legislature. I encourage everyone to read the bills, detailed below, and to view the other links in this category.
More information on ICWA and proposed amendments is available at the National
Indian Child Welfare Association and the Indian
Child Welfare Law Center.
Please contact your Senators and Representatives, and tell them you support SB 569 and HB 1082. Please also read the Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978 for further understanding of the issues. Also of interest are the following articles on ICWA.
This tragedy, in which two children were taken from their Muslim parents on the basis of sexual abuse charges against the child's father, Sadri (Sam) Krasniqi (of which he was later acquitted), and adopted by a Christian family who forced the children to convert, has been documented recently on the ABC news show, 20/20. You can find additional details on the case at a few places on the Web, including CAIR , the Council on American-Islamic Relations, which has provided ongoing information through their action alerts. The judge that terminated the parental rights of the Krasniqis, Harold Gaither, has continued to voice his opinions on the case through the media as public opinion has been solidly on the side of the wronged Krasniqis. Appeals from individuals and organizations continue to pour into media outlets and the offices of individuals associated with the case.
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