A public hearing has been set for 5 p.m. Wednesday, June 13, at the Colorado River Indian Tribes’ Tribal Council chambers on a proposed ordinance to amend the CRIT Children’s Code. This amendment will add a new chapter to the code to provide a process for Indian Child Welfare Act matters.
The proposed amendment is intended to halt the number of Tribal children who are placed in non-Indian foster and adoptive families by non-tribal public and private agencies.
In a statement that was included with the notice of the public hearing, the Tribes stated the intent of the Indian Child Welfare Act was to protect the best interests of Tribal children and to promote the stability and security of Tribal families.
The Tribal Council declares in the statement that there is no resource greater existence and integrity of the Tribes than its children and families.
The statement reads, “It (the Tribal Council) is therefore enacting this ordinance in order to halt the number of Tribal families which are broken up by the removal, often unwarranted, of their children from them by non-tribal public and private agencies which place such children in non-Indian foster and adoptive homes and institutions; and further to halt and correct the failure of the various states of these United States, in the exercise of their jurisdiction over Indian child custody proceedings through their administrative and judicial bodies, to recognize the essential tribal relations of the CRIT people and the cultural and social standards prevailing in the CRIT community and its families.”
Written comments from the public will be accepted until 5 p.m. June 14 at the Office of the Attorney General, 26600 Mohave Road, Parker, Ariz. 85344. The proposed code can be viewed online and printed at www.crit-nsn.gov. Copies are available at the Tribal Administrative Building and the CRIT Library and Archives, which are located in Tribal Office complex at Mohave Road and Second Avenue (Agency Road).