United Tribes of Michigan & Inter-Tribal Council of Michigan Honored with Special Tribute from State
(Lansing, Mich.) – State leaders honored United Tribes of Michigan & Inter-Tribal Council of Michigan in recognition of Michigan Indian Day, which was created through Public Act 30 of 1974. In commemoration, Speaker of the House Jase Bolger sponsored a special tribute to each non-profit organization for their significant roles in the rich and storied history of Native Americans in Michigan. Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville and Governor Rick Snyder concurred.
United Tribes of Michigan was honored in part due to its active efforts in facilitating the deliberations of each tribe with the Michigan Indian Family Preservation Act (MIFPA), Public Act 565 of 2012. The Michigan House of Representatives and the State Senate passed the bill nearly unanimously. Governor Rick Snyder signed MIFPA into state law on January 2, 2013. MIFPA requires state judges and state child-welfare professionals to take active efforts to keep Indian children either with their biological parents or make placement with the family of the child’s enrolled tribe. MIFPA responds to the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) a 1976 federal law that largely left case management unaddressed.
The Inter-Tribal Council of Michigan was honored in part due to its efforts to improve the economy, education and quality of life for Native Americans. The non-profit agency, which is a consortium of tribes in Michigan, provides day-to-day administration in the areas of Behavioral Health, Children & Family Services and Environmental Services.