been some tensions between the Tribal Public Saftey officers and the local Sheriff with regards to tribal authority on certain lands within the reservation. CILS is working with both the tribe and the county to develop an agreeable protocol.
Termination of Parental Rights
CILS' Eureka Office is working on a termination of parental rights (TPR) case in the Family Law Court. CILS successfully advocated that the ICWA applies in the Family Law Court, not just dependency proceedings. We are arguing that the petitioner does not meet the basic requirements of the ICWA in the TPR case and that it is not culturally appropriate to terminate the rights of the child to the parent and his/her extended tribal family members. Tribal culture provides that the paternal grandparents step up to support and maintain their relationship with the child and continue to connect him/her to the extended family and their Tribe. A contested hearing will be coming up in the next few months.