January 01, 2019 Feature

Best Interest of the Child: A Tribal Judge’s Perspective

By Judge Lisa L. Atkinson
“A great general has said that the only good Indian is a dead one, and that high sanction of his destruction has been an enormous factor in promoting Indian massacres. In a sense, I agree with the sentiment, but only in this: that all the Indian there is in the race should be dead. Kill the Indian in him, and save the man.”
—Carlisle Indian School founder Capt. Richard H. Pratt1
“The Hoh Indian Tribe recognizes that there is no resource that is more vital to the continued existence and integrity of the Hoh (and others) Indian Tribe than our children and that we have a direct interest in protecting our Indian children who are members of, eligible for membership, or descendants of the Hoh Indian Tribe. . . .”
—Title 6 of the Hoh Youth Code
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