2021-10-12

ATTORNEY GENERAL HERRING DEFENDS INDIAN CHILD WELFARE ACT PROTECTIONS BEFORE THE U.S. SUPREME COURT

~ Herring has filed an amicus brief in support of the United States and four federally recognized tribes in their efforts to uphold critical protections guaranteed under the Indian Child Welfare Act ~

RICHMOND (October 8, 2021) – Attorney General Mark R. Herring has filed an amicus brief supporting the United States and four federally recognized tribes in their efforts to uphold critical protections guaranteed under the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA). Attorney General Herring and a bipartisan coalition of 26 attorneys general filed the amicus brief before the U.S. Supreme Court in Haaland v. Brackeen and Cherokee Nation v. Brackeen. The brief highlights the states’ compelling interest in standing up for the wellbeing of all children, including Native American children, in state child-custody proceedings.
 
“Since its passage more than 40 years ago, the Indian Child Welfare Act has been a critical tool for protecting Native American tribes and keeping Native American families together, and it has also helped to foster tribal-state collaboration,” said Attorney General Herring. “Every single child deserves to be protected, especially during child-custody proceedings, and it’s crucial that protections like the ICWA remain in place to do just that. I am proud to stand with my colleagues in support of the Indian Child Welfare Act and maintaining these crucial protections for Native American children and their families.”
 
Congress enacted ICWA in 1978 in response to a serious and pervasive problem: State and private parties were initiating state child-custody proceedings that removed Native American children from the custody of their parents — often without good cause — and placed them in the custody of non-tribal adoptive and foster homes. That practice harmed children and posed an existential threat to the continuity and vitality of tribal communities. To address this, Congress established minimum federal standards governing the removal of Native American children from their families. ICWA’s provisions safeguard the rights of Native American children, parents, and tribes in state child-custody proceedings, and seek to promote the placement of Native American children with members of their extended families or with other tribal homes. In the four decades since Congress enacted ICWA, the statute has become the foundation of state-tribal relations in the realm of child custody and family services. Collectively, the coalition states are home to approximately 86% of federally recognized tribes in the United States.
 
In the amicus brief, the coalition asserts that: 
  • ICWA is a critical tool for protecting Native American families and tribes, and fostering state-tribal collaboration;
  • The court of appeals incorrectly concluded that several of ICWA’s provisions violate the anti-commandeering doctrine; and
  • ICWA’s preferences for the placement of Native American children with other Native American families and foster homes do not violate equal protection.
 Joining Attorney General Herring in filing today’s amicus brief are the attorneys general of Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Utah, Vermont, Washington, and the District of Columbia.

GRANT HELPS SAVE “HISTORIC GEM” IN BRUNSWICK COUNTY, VA

Located in Brunswick County Virginia, Canaan was the plantation home of   The Rev. Edward Dromgoole Sr., a traveling minister of the Revolutionary War and early national periods. This “historic gem” is situated in Valentines, Virginia just off the Christanna Highway (route 46) -- a road that Brunswick County is developing as a tourism corridor. Once restored, this plantation home will be an additional site for visitors to enjoy along this corridor. The Old Brunswick Circuit Foundation, as a 501(3) c non-profit organization and the owner of this historic building, has recently been awarded a grant that will help save it from potential collapse.

As proven by dendrochronology, Canaan was built between 1796 and 1799. This home had solidly stood for over 200 years but after Hurricane Michael in the fall of 2018 inundated the county with rain, a dramatic tilt was noticed in its east chimney.  Given that this chimney is timber-tied into the house, if the chimney should fall so will the house.  Local resident and builder, Tom King, completed the necessary emergency structural work to brace the chimney in its tilting position and to pour concrete to unify and support its base.  Although the stress on the bracing and on the west chimney remained evident, the Old Brunswick Circuit Foundation (OBCF), could not do the work needed to permanently stabilize and repair the chimneys and foundation until they could raise the necessary funds.

A solution came in the form of financing from the Emergency Supplemental Historical Preservation Fund (ESHPF).  Administered by the National Park Service, 4.7 million dollars of these funds were awarded to the Virginia Department of Historic Resources (VDHR). These monies allowed VDHR to offer sub-awards to historic sites located in 52 counties and cities in Virginia that had been negatively impacted by Hurricane Florence and Michael.   The OBDF applied for this grant because-- as board member Ann Keeling said, “It was the type of grant opportunity that was ideally structured for a small non-profit organization like ours”.   Having made an application for the grant, the OBCF recently got the news for which they anxiously awaited:  the National Park Service in partnership with the VDHR had awarded the OBCF an initial grant award amount of $199,605.   For Canaan, this grant will fund the stabilization and repair of its chimneys and foundation as well as the acquisition of a Historic Structure Report and an Engineering Assessment. Both of these planning documents will inform the construction needed.

Canaan is the only surviving home in Virginia of an 18th Century itinerant minister or Methodist “circuit rider”, Rev. Edward Dromgoole, Sr.  Dromgoole was influential in spreading John Wesley's Methodist movement in America. . It was in this home that Dromgoole and his wife, Rebecca Walton Dromgoole, hosted class meetings and worship services.  This house also served as an important hospitality and educational stop for Methodist preachers, notably Francis Asbury, one of the two first Methodist Bishops in America.   Dromgoole died May 13, 1835 and is buried on the property.   Canaan later became the home of his son, Hon. George Coke Dromgoole, who represented his region of Virginia, first in the state legislature for 13 years, then in Congress for 7 years.

 More information about The Old Brunswick Circuit Foundation and Canaan can be found at https://vaumc.org/oldbrunswickcircuit.   To support the preservation efforts of the Foundation, tax-deductible donations payable to The Old Brunswick Circuit Foundation may be sent to P. O. Box 385, Lawrenceville, VA 23868-0385 (with memo line “to Dromgoole”); or donations can be made via  PayPal@OBCFVA on Facebook.

Photos, top to bottom: Dromgoole House as it appeared when purchased  by the Old Brunswick Circuit Foundation. Braced East Chimney of Dromgoole House. Dromgoole House after being covered in protective covering  (Photo courtesy of Lea Beazley). Sign informing visitors of the grand and the significance of the house.

 

 

 

Virginia Farm Bureau Federation AgPAC endorses Delegate Roslyn Tyler for House seat in the 75th District

Delegate Roslyn Tyler received the endorsement of the Virginia Farm Bureau Federation (VFBF) AgPAC, a political action committee of Virginia Farm Bureau Federation, in the race for the 75th District seat in the Virginia House of Delegates.

“I am pleased to have received the endorsement of Virginia Farm Bureau.”

Delegate Roslyn Tyler is among 81 candidates that VFBF AgPAC has endorsed for House and Senate seats. Endorsements were made based on candidates’ support of Virginia Farm Bureau past and current agricultural issues, as well as leadership on key agricultural issues, among other criteria.

“Each of these candidates has shown a clear understanding of the needs of farmers and/or have proven their support through their favorable voting records while holding positions in the General Assembly. These candidates have demonstrated a willingness to engage with our farmers, and we believe they will be advocates for Virginia’s largest industry, agriculture and forestry,” said Wayne F. Pryor, chairman of VFBF AgPAC and VFBF president. “We look forward to working with them in the 2022 Virginia General Assembly.”

VFBF AgPAC is a nonpartisan political action committee that works to build relationships with elected officials and enhance their understanding of agricultural issues. AgPAC evaluates candidates running for the Virginia General Assembly for potential endorsement. A full list of candidates endorsed by the committee can be viewed online at vafb.com

Delegate Tyler Touts Endorsements and Committee Assignments

This year has been a great year in the General Assembly, and I will continue to work hard in the 75th District.  Because of the work that I have done I am proud to announce that I have been endorsed by the following organizations:

  • Virginia Hunting Dog Alliance
  • Virginia Farm Bureau
  • Virginia League of Conservation Voters
  • Virginia Education Association
  • Committee to Protect Health Care
  • National Coalition of Public Safety Officers
  • Virginia Professional Fire Fighters
  • Committee to Protect Healthcare

I am also proud to serve on the following committees for the state of Virginia:

  • Education Committee (Chair)
  • Agriculture, Chesapeake, and Natural Resources
  • Appropriations Committee
    • Sub Committees for Appropriations
  • Compensation & General Government (Chair)
  • Commerce, Agriculture, and Natural Resources
  • Transportation and Public Safety Conferee
  • Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission
  • Broadband Advisory Council Vice Chair
  • Center for Rural Virginia Chair
  • Roanoke River Basin Advisory Committee
  • Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr Memorial Commission
  • Education Commission of the States
  • E-911 Boarder Response Group
  • Hemp Work Group
  • Southern Economic Development Committee

Monthly Update from Congressman McEachin (October, 2021)

This has been a very busy September. From the start of several district activities to significant legislation in Washington, I wanted to remind my constituents of several important deadlines for the upcoming month:

The deadline for the Congressional App Challenge is fast approaching on November 1st. The Congressional App Challenge is open to students who live or attend school in our Congressional District. This is an opportunity for students to demonstrate their creativity in designing a useful and interesting computer app. Information about this challenge and applying is available here.

November 1st is also the deadline to submit a nomination for the Fourth District’s Veteran of the Year. As the son of a veteran, I am well aware of the sacrifices made by our servicemen and women and their families. Moreover, many veterans, even when retired from the military, continue to serve our communities, making a difference. We need to honor our veterans every day for the sacrifices they have made to keep us safe and free. If you know a veteran you would like to nominate, seeherefor the application.

If you are struggling with an issue with a federal agency, such as missing benefits, a lost tax return, an absent passport or visa or other concerns, my office is here to help. To facilitate serving constituents, we have a program called Mobile McEachin to make it easier for constituents to get an appointment with one of my experienced and knowledgeable constituent service representatives. Our October Mobile McEachin will be virtual and will be on October 13 from 10:30 to 3p. You can sign up for an individual appointment here. We’re here to help!

Each year, I have the opportunity to nominate the very best and brightest high school students for consideration to our nation’s esteemed military academies. The five U.S. Service Academies include the U.S. Air Force Academy, the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, and the U.S. Naval Academy.

This year, I was pleased to host a joint Service Academy Day with my friend and colleague, Congresswoman Abigail Spanberger, from Virginia’s Seventh Congressional District. We were joined by representatives from the military academies, who provided helpful information about the application and nomination process. If you missed the event and would like more information, you can view it here.

For more information, including how to apply for the nomination process, please visit my website. The deadline to apply is coming up quick – October 29, 2021.

Nominations to U.S. Service Academies can be made by the President, Vice President, or a Member of Congress. Nominations are required for all but the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, where appointments are made during an annual nationwide competition.

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