Fun Facts to celebrate the Native American Rights Fund’s 45 Anniversary of Standing Firm for Justice


Cover of NARF 1977 Legal ReviewIn early 1976, NARF filed an amicus curiae brief on behalf of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe of Montana in the United States Supreme Court in Fisher v. District Court of Montana regarding the adoption of Indian children by non-Indian families. Read more.

NARF served as lead counsel in 1976 and received a favorable ruling from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in the land trespass action in the Walker River Paiute Tribe v. Southern Pacific Transportation Company. Read more.

During the latter part of July 1977, NARF received a grant from the Law Enforcement Assistance Administration (LEAA) to develop an operational manual for the alternative corrections facility at Swiftbird Correction Center. The Center was designed to be the first minimum security facility run by and for Indians using traditional correctional methods.  NARF began working with the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, the Community Corrections Resource Programs, Inc., and LEAA in drafting and refining a workable manual. Read more.

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