Eighth Circuit Decides Tribes Do Not Have Jurisdiction Over Public Schools

From Turtle Talk, here.

In both cases, the court concluded that the tribal courts did not have jurisdiction over tort claims brought against public schools in tribal court.

Here is the opinion in Belcourt Public School District v. Davis. Briefs are here.

Here is the opinion in Fort Yates Public School District No. 4 v. Murphy. Briefs are here.

AIHEC is Hiring: Director of AIHEC NARCH Research

AIHEC is hiring!

Job Title: Director of AIHEC NARCH Research (PD)
Date: May 2015

A Non-profit organization dedicated to advancing American Indian Higher Education, seeks a Director of AIHEC NARCH Research with 5+ years of experience. Successful candidate should be able to work independently in a fast paced environment, be accurate, well organized and possess excellent computer, spreadsheet and communication skills.

The Director of AIHEC NARCH Research will assume a leadership role in the development and implementation of a distributed behavioral health research program involving the nations’ 37 Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs) and will develop other research-related projects that build on the  NARCH project. The Director will provide day-to-day management of the AIHEC NARCH project and  engage in regular planning and project coordination activities with AIHEC staff, co-principal investigators, TCU research coordinators, and other partnering organizations and stakeholders. A priority for this position will be to establish a sustained program that builds upon the success of
the AIHEC NARCH project, providing the TCUs research, training and technical support resources as they develop research and education programs necessary to address critical issues impacting the health and wellness of American Indians.

This position calls for a strategic, energetic, and creative director, deeply knowledgeable of
behavioral health and American Indian issues, and familiar with best practices associated with community-based research and program implementation in American Indian/Alaska Native communities.

The Director must  be a skillful manager adept at cross-functional integration and program growth.

The Director must be able to work with diverse stakeholders and have the capacity to create and nurture effective partnerships. With a personal style that is professional, polished, and engaging,  the Director of AIHEC NARCH Research will engender trust, foster a collegial environment, and bring out the best in TCU project partners and
colleagues.

To view the posting, click here.

Via TurtleTalk: New Study on American Indian School-To-Prison Pipeline Problem in Utah

Here is “Disparities in Discipline: A Look at School Disciplinary Actions for Utah’s American Indian Students.

The abstract:

Via HCN.org: American Indian Students in Utah Face Harsh Discipline

One day in 2014, in Utah’s San Juan School District, two middle school boys went looking for their teacher. The district serves the largest number of Native American students in the state and both boys identified as such. In pursuit of their teacher, they checked out the teachers’ lounge, and, in that room full of adult secrets, they began to poke around. In the fridge they found a couple bottles of Dr. Pepper. They grabbed them and drank them.

Unsurprisingly, they were caught.

But what might have been dismissed as a youthful infraction instead took a serious turn: both boys were referred to law enforcement for theft.

Their story, which comes from a report released by the University of Utah Friday, is not unusual. The study, conducted by researchers at the university’s S.J. Quinney College of Law Public Policy Clinic, found that Native American students in Utah are disciplined far more harshly than their peers. They’re almost eight times more likely to be referred to law enforcement and six times more likely to be arrested than white students, far out of proportion to the size of the population.

The result is a phenomenon known in education circles as the “school-to-prison pipeline,” whereby zero tolerance disciplinary policies that disproportionately target minority students funnel them out of school and into juvenile justice programs.

“A lot of these policies have the best intentions,” Vanessa Walsh, the report’s primary author, said. “We have to keep our schools safe. But it’s having consequences that I don’t think anyone anticipated.”

The next stop for many students is often the adult prison system, which can have devastating impacts on already-vulnerable youth and their communities, she said. (In the case of the soda-drinking boys, the school district doesn’t track what happens once students are handed to police, but they could have been charged with a crime, arrested, fined or forced to appear in court.)

To read the article in its entirety, click here.