Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Michigan State ICWA Conference Call for Papers

Call for Papers

The Indian Child Welfare Act at 30: Facing the Future

Michigan State University College of Law

Indigenous Law and Policy Center

March 16-17, 2007

The MSU Indigenous Law and Policy Center will be hosting an interdisciplinary symposium on the Indian Child Welfare Act in anticipation of its 30th anniversary in 2008. We have submitted a proposal to Michigan State University Press to publish the proceedings. We have commitments from the following scholars to appear and/or publish:

· Suzanne Cross, Michigan State University

· B.J. Jones, University of North Dakota School of Law

· Allie Maldonado, Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians

· Le Anne Silvey, Michigan State University

· Jill Tompkins, University of Colorado School of Law

· Frank Vandevort, University of Michigan Law School

We are seeking paper proposals in the following areas:

· Work by the front-line tribal advocates for Indian children and families – the attorneys who make motions to transfer adoption and custody cases into tribal courts and the non-lawyers who provide the expertise to compel the state courts to grant the motions

· The difficulties faced by tribal advocates seeking compliance with ICWA by state courts. State courts have developed common law precedents that circumvent ICWA in direct contravention of Congressional intent.

· Whether ICWA is a valid exercise of Congressional authority under the Indian Commerce Clause or other provisions of the Constitution

· Responses to Randall Kennedy’s attack on ICWA in his book Interracial Intimacies

Please email proposals to Matthew L.M. Fletcher (matthew.fletcher@law.msu.edu) or Wenona T. Singel (singel@law.msu.edu) by October 20, 2006. Proposals should include a working title, an abstract not to exceed 300 words, and a current vita.



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