Jeff Storms and Jill Brisbois recently filed a federal complaint on behalf of a Minnesota couple, who are of Indian descent but have elected to place their child for adoption with non-Indian parents. Under provisions of the Minnesota Indian Family Preservation Act (MIFPA), if a child is eligible for tribal membership, notice and an opportunity to intervene in the adoption must be given to any Indian tribe where the child is eligible for membership. Newmark Storms Law Office, along with Mark Fiddler of Fiddler Law Office, P.A. and Dan Rasmus of Hovland & Rasmus, PLLC, have brought a motion for injunctive and declaratory relief, to declare MIFPA’s notice and intervention provisions as unconstitutional.
Coverage of this lawsuit can be viewed at: Indian couple sues to allow adoption to white family
A copy of the Complaint can be viewed here: Doe v. Jesson