What does this mean (to you)?

Here is my musing of the day:

We live in this day and age when truth is elective and fantasy elected.



About Foster Parents on Reservations

Original post http://educationalfamilyestateapps.com/2016/06/06/aboutindianfosterparentsonreservations/.

Is it just me or has someone else noticed that below the surface and behind the mandatory background checks for Foster Care Parents on Reservations, there are alternate motives other than child safety including a sneaky effort to undermine tribal sovereignty here?

I will share some background information. The primary purpose behind the BIA revision to the ICWA Guidelines and subsequent proposal for rulemaking was two-fold: 1) to address the gross, almost routine non-compliance by states in the implementation of ICWA and 2) as a response to the recent ICWA legal challenges primarily from the adoption industry. The industry made an important collateral attack. Boil it down, the fundamental question posed is whether the stricter Guidelines after the revision should apply to Indian children offreservation as it does to Indian kids on reservation. Revision to the Guidelines clarified what the fundamental role of ICWA is: to keep Indian children with Indian relatives or communities and reunify Indian families.  The intent of the legal challenges is to undermine tribal government jurisdiction, autonomy and inherent interest in enrolled members. How does this new law requiring background checks for foster care parents on reservations fit into the picture? I explain below.

A child’s immediate family and community are key to fulfilling the most vital purpose of ICWA – reunification. A minor legal issue within a family member’s background should not act to bar consideration of that person as a Indian Custodian or Guardian. However, that is exactly what happened off the reservation. This formal law “requiring” an extensive, non-forgiving back ground check now on the reservation will produce an even shorter supply of foster parents. More importantly, the new law specifically acts to undermine the hard work of those tribes which have created and now run their own Title IV-E Foster Care and social services programs.

These two issues – the collateral argument against ICWA stemming from recent litigation and the impact of the new law requiring background checks on Indian reservations will combine with the Federal Adoption and Safe Families Act passed in 1997, under the Clinton Administration to produce the perfect storm. The Safe Families Act is just a federal incentives program which pays states more money when foster children are adopted. Basically, the Safe Families Act requires children who have been in state Foster Care Programs at least 15 months to be prepared for adoption (such as express removal of parental rights).

The adoption industry is a $14 billion industry with an expected growth rate of 10% annually. Without making any distinction between Indian or non-Indian children, any financial incentive program contradicts the reunification goal stated in both ICWA and the Social Security Act procuring Title IV-E funding. Is this leading up to total circumvention of ICWA? Pseudo shortage of Native foster parents may be used to declare a state of emergency and with looming state budget cuts within the foreseeable future, it is imperative an alternate model to supplant ICWA is created.

Please, consider buying a copy of the American Indian Probate Guide which is written expressly for American Indians who have Trust or Restricted lands. There is a model Will available and compliant under the American Indian Probate Reform Act. I created my legal guide service in response to the unmet need for affordable in-depth legal education in Indian Country at http://www.educationalfamilyestateapps.com. Additionally, you can access my unique analysis on the Indian Child Welfare Act.

After extensive research, I have concluded that many who benefited from the ICWA and / or adoption gravy trains were not interested in revealing what you needed to know. I propose a voluntary Legal Guardianship model which is expressly exempted from ICWA within ICWA itself. YES!

Read more at Educational Family Estate Apps under Our Products and then the American Indian Probate Guide or on my website’s Blog. Feel free to contact me if you are interested in learning more.
Helen Nowlin, Attorney and CEO

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Development in Indian Justice

See the findings of my extensive research about what happened to my Dad who was an orphan Chickasaw, victimized by family and then re-victimized by the documented criminal conspiracy to take Indian lands (https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/deceit-oklahoma-helen-nowlin).

The BIA and the Chickasaw Tribal Government Services are legally separate. CDIB cards are issued and the sole responsibility of the BIA. Both would rather rely on fraudulent “personal statements” made by my Dad’s first cousin, Josephine Brown Graham and her granddaughter. Reliance is still the case after more research of mine proves they are riddled with false information, as based on public documentation. The true motive for making the statements is now undeniable. Yes, there was a criminal conspiracy to take lands of Indians, as laid out by now famous historian, Angie Debo and especially land of Indian orphans. Now we should have the audacity to believe the Oklahoma style Grapes of Wrath did not happen and there are coincidences?

Reliance is done at the peril of justice. The BIA lacks adequate cause to continue to rely on personal statements when no collaborative public documentation is available to support the statements (and statements of those who benefited from the fraud). Have we entered the Twilight Zone?

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American Indian Probate Guide

This downloadable pdf, American Indian Probate Guide (located at http://educationalfamilyestateapps.com/american-indian-probate/) discusses what you need to know about the American Indian Probate Reform Act. The Act applies if you are a member of a federally recognized tribe with Trust or Restricted lands!

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An Alternative to the Indian Child Welfare Act

An Alternative to the Indian Child Welfare Act

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*Proposing a voluntary Guardianship model – why it works and how


Student Debt and the Real Debate

Why is a proposal for free tuition a terrible thing or for that matter, as eluded to, a ding against Senator Bernie Sanders and current contender in the U.S. Presidential race who elevated the topic back into the limelight?

First, student debt load at the individual level has increased enormously as the graphics show. It is worth noting college debt is also part of the living wage debate. Americans are in the “damned if they do and damned if they don’t” quagmire.

While an education is not a guarantee, it does provide a greater likelihood of receiving higher economic returns and an enhanced ability to pay for the necessities of life. Republican counter-claim is that people in service sector jobs do not deserve wages necessary to pay for the costs of living. We simply cannot have it both ways.

The “decision” to convert our economy to service industries by off shoring manufacturing – which was associated with higher wages and the back bone of the U.S. Middle Class (post WW-II) was unilaterally made by Boards of Directors. The decisions were not primarily based on which “tax bracket” corporate profit was included. Off shoring was a response to clear animosity toward labor and environmental protection laws in THIS country! We have been on a downward spiral to “Third World” status ever since.

One of my family member’s comments is a case in point. He eluded that his certain skills he offers to his employer provide a higher wage and he is worth even more (maybe not from his employer’s point of view but certainly from his). So, the argument goes, people should not expect to flip burgers forever. The assumption is then, we expect people to get a higher education, post – high school. Even politicians tell us that getting an education is necessary (and maybe, just maybe is the path to higher wages). However, “don’t dare question how much the educational institutions” want to charge in order to get those skills.

Employers express an interest in hiring people who have skills, too. Even when the educational level is not particularly demanding for a certain employer, that employer has some base line assurances about an employee or candidate. Through the process of acquiring a higher education, an individual will be an all-round better employee. Everyone can see the benefits, therefore we simply need to change the debate.

The predominate argument today (in parallel used against wage increases also) was established by the Republican anti-tax rhetoric: “why should I pay for someone else’s education.” The new argument is “Invest in America” by investing in our fellow Americans. It was not too long ago that Germany with its free tuition program already in place offered the same opportunity to attend its institutions for free to American students. If we do not have the political or social will to respond then it would be fair to say, America better brace for some serious “brain drain.”

Any proposal for free college tuition must also address the cost side. Simply put, anything that is clearly a necessity should not be priced like it is a luxury. The wealth disparity between the wealthiest and the poorest is a global problem. We can’t expect people to pay “whatever the cost” and then complain when people can’t simply afford to.

What kind of country have we become? We seem to worship the rich. In many cases, they acquired wealth through inheritance or by whatever means necessary and unless money or opportunities grow from trees, there is a limited amount of both.