Were you previously familiar with the Indian Child Welfare Act?
-I heard a little about it about it years ago with a fellow Marine venting about how the Indians on his reservation were treated. He talked about how they had programs and laws to protect his people, yet the state always seems to contradict itself when disparities and the disenfranchised is brought up.
What did you think of the different interviewee perspectives in the video?
The video provides insight on how the media could interpret information from a different lens, doubting and questioning the perspective of cultural preservation and the relationship with child and parent. From my own perspective I see this as a GAP between the westernized perspective of what is best for the child and what is best for the people of tribe. As a child of this particular tribe, the Cherokee Nation I mean having the bloodline of the tribe is very significant. As a people that are a indigenous and a minority, the preservation of its people needs to be respected. It should not be up to the courts to alter the Indian Child Welfare Act. From a western perspective, we want the best for the child yet, what is the best for the child and who’s perspective should we use to decide this?
What do you think about the Supreme Court’s decision on Baby Veronica?
-I think one, it was recognized that the baby was a member of the indian tribe, court officials should have started defaulting to the Indian Child Welfare Act. Because policy was not followed, there were concerns of the childs mental development and wellbeing. The policy was created to protect a preserve disenfranchised peoples, and this case did not follow the spirit of the law.
This case went longer then it needed to be. Especially since the father was a registered member of the Cherokee Tribe. The determination and reconsideration of this case definitely puts strain on all parties and risks the development of the child because of the lack of cultural competence and policy understanding.
How does colonization play into this case and eventual decision?
-due to colonization there is imposed wills and political agendas. Because of this there is limited of a lack of cultural sensitivity to an indigenous belief and way of life. In addition to what he perspective from the colonized lens from the lens of an indigenous person(s). The decision did allow a people to thrive, but it did cause a people to suffer from western ideology and ignorance to cultural sensitive issue.
I apologize for the tardiness of this assignment, I was in the woods of Philadelphia helping heal with a bunch of Veterans.