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Christine Morganti
(505) 797-6028
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State Bar to Take a Close Look at The Indian Child Welfare Act

Albuquerque, N.M. – In 1978, Congress enacted the Indian Child Welfare Act to protect the best interests of Native American children, to prevent the breakup of Native American families, and to promote stability and security of federally recognized Native American tribes. The Indian Child Welfare Act: Over 30 Years of Protecting Indian Families in New Mexico will be held Nov. 5 at the State Bar Center in Albuquerque. The State Bar Indian Law Section is sponsoring the continuing legal education event.

The program will provide basic, practical knowledge about the ICWA and its application to Native American families in New Mexico. A discussion regarding strategies for improving compliance with the ICWA will also be held.

Special guest speakers include Barbara Creel and Christine Zuni-Cruz, both professors at the University of New Mexico School of Law, and Frank Weissbarth, general counsel for the New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department.

Register at http://www.nmbarcle.org/catalog.aspx?browse=ViewProg&catid=910. The full schedule may be found at http://www.nmbarcle.org/additionalfiles/910/CLE_IndianLaw-1105.pdf.

The State Bar of New Mexico was organized in 1886 and is composed of more than 8500 members. Its purposes are to aid the courts in administering justice and preserving the rule of law, and to foster a high standard of integrity and competence within the legal profession.