Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Tani on Jacobs on the Indian Child Welfare Act

Fellow Legal History Blogger Karen Tani has posted on Jotwell her appreciation of Margaret D. Jacobs’s article, Remembering the "Forgotten Child": The American Indian Child Welfare Crisis of the 1960s and 1970s, 37 American Indian Quarterly 136 (Winter/Spring 2013).  Karen writes that the majority opinion in the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl, No. 12-399 (U.S. June 25, 2013), which permitted the termination of a father’s rights and noted that the child in question “was only the slightest bit Cherokee (3/256, to be precise), should be read alongside [Jacobs’s article,] which encourages us to remember all the children that came before—and all the nation-making and un-making done on their backs.”