Draft NHBP Children’s Protection Code
Posted for Public Comment
A. Children are the Tribe’s most vital and cherished treasure. The Tribe’s future depends on the health and well-being of its children. It is our belief that children have a sacred right to receive the care and guidance necessary for their spiritual, emotional, mental and physical development. That a child’s pride in his or her identity as a Potawatomi will allow him/her to grow into a strong, healthy, responsible adult member of our Community.
B. Tribal Council is considering a proposal to adopt a Children’s Protection Code along with social services and court programs to implement the services established in that Code to carry out these ideals. Furthermore the Code is designed to fulfill the following expressed purposes:
- To provide for the welfare, care and protection of the children and families within the jurisdiction of the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi (NHBP);
- To preserve the unity of the family, only separating the child from his or her parents when absolutely necessary;
- To serve the spiritual, emotional, mental, and physical welfare of the child and the best interest of the Tribe to prevent the abuse, neglect and abandonment of children;
- To provide a continuum of services for children and their families from prevention to residential treatment, with emphasis whenever possible on prevention, early intervention and community based alternatives;
- To secure the rights of and ensure fairness to the children, parents, guardians, custodians and other parties who come before the Court under the provisions of this Code;
- To provide procedures for intervention in state court proceedings regarding Indian children and for transfer of jurisdiction over Indian children from state and other tribal courts to this Tribal Court;
- To ensure compliance with all applicable federal laws and to provide a reasonable means by which cross-jurisdictional judgments and orders may be enforced with full faith and credit;
- To recognize and acknowledge the tribal customs and traditions of the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi regarding child-rearing;
- To preserve and strengthen the children’s cultural ethnic identity whenever possible and to protect the sovereignty of the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi.
- To transfer appropriate cases to any traditional or alternative dispute resolution body created by the Tribe.
C. The following is a copy of the proposed Children’s Protection Code posted for public comment. Copies of this Public Notice may be found at www.nhbpi.com, and posted in the Government Center, Health Clinics and Community Center.
D. Comments must be received NO LATER THAN October 18, 2016. You may submit comments via email, mail or hand delivery to the Legal Department. Only written comments will be accepted. Please submit all comments to:
Mail: ATTN: Legal Department,
1485 Mno-Bmadzewen Way,
Fulton, MI 49052
Hand Delivery: Rebecca Griffin at the Pine Creek Government Center Legal Department