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Filed on
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
SUMMARY: In adjudication cases, the proof required for active efforts under ICWA is by a preponderance of the evidence. Active efforts were provided in this case; however, removal of the children was improper because there was not evidence of serious emotional damage as required under ICWA. A court...Read more
Filed on
Tuesday, May 20, 2014
SUMMARY: The active efforts requirement of ICWA applies even after the children are returned home to the parent.Rehabilitation plan requirements on medical care were not relevant to the adjudication of inappropriate discipline. Shayla H., DOB 8/01, Shania H., DOB 8/03, and Tanya H., DOB 9/04, were...Read more
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Tuesday, April 22, 2014
SUMMARY: The State’s 3a petition and motion for temporary custody should have been dismissed for failure to set forth allegations under ICWA because the State knew or should have known that ICWA applied. Avery, age 13, and Izabel, age 10, are the children of Katherine. On August 14, 2013, the State...Read more
Filed on
Tuesday, August 20, 2013
SUMMARY: Termination of parental rights in an ICWA case was proper where the mother refused mostly all services, some of which were culturally targeted. Melaya, born in 2006, and Melysse, born in 2010, were removed from the home of the mother, Mindy, on December 12, 2010 after the mother was found...Read more
Filed on
Tuesday, May 28, 2013
SUMMARY: Termination of parental rights was improper because the tribe was not initially given proper notice of the termination proceedings as required under ICWA, only notice of the adjudication proceedings, nor was it provided with notice of the amended pleadings at least 10 days prior to trial...Read more
Filed on
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
SUMMARY: Removal of the children from the non-custodial parent in an ICWA case was improper because no qualified expert witness established that continued custody would cause serious emotional or physical damage to the children and there was no determination that active efforts had been made as to...Read more
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Tuesday, November 30, 2010
SUMMARY: There is no exception to making “active efforts” as there is for reasonable efforts under the aggravated circumstances exception of N.R.S. 43-283.01 On September 30, 2008, Jamyia M., was removed from the home at 2 months of age after being hospitalized for a serious, non-accidental...Read more
Filed on
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
SUMMARY: Refusal to invalidate an adjudication order that was not ICWA compliant was proper because ICWA provisions apply prospectively from the formal identification of the child as Indian, because there was no basis for collateral attack and because Neb. Rev. Stat. 43-1507 does not apply where...Read more
Filed on
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
SUMMARY: Serious emotional or physical damage under ICWA was likely to result if the child was returned home given the degree of domestic violence committed by the father against the mother and failure to address the issues. Termination of the parental rights of both parents was proper based on the...Read more
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Tuesday, May 11, 2010
SUMMARY: The proper burden of proof for the adjudication of an Indian child is by a preponderance of the evidence, not clear and convincing. Emma, DOB approx. 1994, was placed in foster care on May 20, 2009, based on her allegations of physical abuse by her father, Geneo. On May 15, 2009, Emma...Read more

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