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Brackeen v. Haaland

Consolidated with:

Docket No. Op. Below Argument Opinion Vote Author Term
21-380 5th Cir. TBD TBD TBD TBD OT 2022

Issues: (1) Whether the Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978’s placement preferences — which disfavor non-Indian adoptive families in child-placement proceedings involving an “Indian child” and thereby disadvantage those children — discriminate on the basis of race in violation of the U.S. Constitution; and (2) whether ICWA’s placement preferences exceed Congress’s Article I authority by invading the arena of child placement — the “virtually exclusive province of the States,” as stated in Sosna v. Iowa — and otherwise commandeering state courts and state agencies to carry out a federal child-placement program.

DateProceedings and Orders (key to color coding)
Sep 03 2021Petition for a writ of certiorari filed. (Response due October 8, 2021)
Sep 24 2021Motion to extend the time to file a response from October 8, 2021 to November 8, 2021, submitted to The Clerk.
Sep 27 2021Motion to extend the time to file a response is granted and the time is extended to and including November 8, 2021, for all respondents.
Oct 04 2021Brief amicus curiae of Ohio filed.
Oct 05 2021Brief amicus curiae of Project on Fair Representation filed.
Oct 08 2021Brief amici curiae of Christian Alliance for Indian Child Welfare, et al. filed.
Oct 08 2021Brief amici curiae of Goldwater Institute, et al. filed.
Oct 25 2021Motion to extend the time to file a response from November 8, 2021 to December 8, 2021, submitted to The Clerk.
Oct 29 2021Motion to extend the time to file a response is granted and the time is further extended to and including December 8, 2021, for all respondents.
Dec 08 2021Brief of respondents Cherokee Nation, et al. in opposition filed.
Dec 08 2021Brief of respondents Navajo Nation in opposition filed. VIDED.
Dec 08 2021Brief of respondents Texas in opposition filed. VIDED.
Dec 08 2021Brief of respondents Federal Respondents in opposition filed.
Dec 22 2021DISTRIBUTED for Conference of 1/7/2022.
Dec 22 2021Reply of petitioners Chad Brackeen, et al. filed. (Distributed)
Jan 10 2022DISTRIBUTED for Conference of 1/14/2022.
Jan 18 2022DISTRIBUTED for Conference of 1/21/2022.
Feb 11 2022DISTRIBUTED for Conference of 2/18/2022.
Feb 22 2022DISTRIBUTED for Conference of 2/25/2022.
Feb 28 2022Petition GRANTED. The petitions for writs of certiorari in Nos. 21-376, 21-377, and 21-378 are granted. The cases are consolidated, and a total of one hour is allotted for oral argument. Parties that were plaintiffs/appellees in the lower courts shall file opening and reply briefs in conformity with Rules 33.1(g)(v) and 33.1(g)(vii), under the schedule set forth in Rules 25.1 and 25.3. Parties that were defendants/appellants in the lower courts shall file briefs in conformity with Rule 33.1(g)(vi), under the schedule set forth in Rule 25.2.
Feb 28 2022Because the Court has consolidated these cases for briefing and oral argument, future filings and activity in the cases will now be reflected on the docket of No. 21-376. Subsequent filings in these cases must therefore be submitted through the electronic filing system in No. 21-376. Each document submitted in connection with one or more of these cases must include on its cover the case number and caption for each case in which the filing is intended to be submitted. Where a filing is submitted in fewer than all of the cases, the docket entry will reflect the case number(s) in which the filing is submitted; a document filed in all of the consolidated cases will be noted as “VIDED.”