Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) Commission
Federal Indian Child Welfare Act compliance to be studied.
In 2004, the South Dakota Legislature passed SB 211, an act to establish a commission to study compliance with the federal Indian Child Welfare Act, to afford due regard to the Act, and to declare an emergency.
It established the Governor's Commission on the Indian Child Welfare Act. The commission shall study the requirements of the federal Indian Child Welfare Act, (25 U.S.C.§§ 1901-1963), as amended to January 1, 2004, including compliance with the requirements for notice, placement, expert witness testimony, intervention, transfer of jurisdiction, and active efforts, and the means by which Indian tribes can assist in pursuing the policies of the Act.
The Governor shall appoint an independent reviewer to complete an analysis of compliance with the Act by the Department of Social Services, the states attorneys, the Unified Judicial System, and private agencies involved in foster care and adoption, and the means by which Indian tribes can assist the state and private agencies in achieving compliance. Upon completion, the independent reviewer shall submit the analysis of compliance to the commission.
Governor Rounds Indian Child Welfare Act Commission
Members of the Commission:
ICWA Commission Meetings:
May 25, 2004 - Agenda & Minutes (pdf)
August 10, 2004 - Agenda & Minutes (pdf)
October 12, 2004 - Agenda & Minutes (pdf)
December 14, 2004 - Agenda & Minutes (pdf)
December 30, 2004 - Agenda (pdf)