Indian Child Welfare Act: A Button Making Event

by Mino-bimose'idiwag | Walking the Path Together


Mon, Nov 7, 2022

12 PM – 3 PM EST (GMT-5)

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Drop by the first floor Jamrich Hall lobby (near Starbucks) on Monday, November 7 anytime between 12:00 and 3:00pm to learn about the Indian Child Welfare Act, what is happening with the Supreme Court, why this is so important for Native communities, and create custom buttons advocating for the protection of Native children & families. 

The Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) was enacted in 1978 in response to large number of American Indian and Alaska Native children being separated from their parents, extended families, and communities by state child welfare and private adoption agencies. The impacts were devastating and enduring. The intent of Congress under ICWA was to “protect the best interests of Indian children and to promote the stability and security of Indian tribes and families;” as well as to address some of the most longstanding and egregious removal practices specifically targeting Native children. 

Today, ICWA is under attack. The Supreme Court of the United States will start hearing oral arguments on November 9 for the case Brackeen vs. Haaland, where Texas, as well as individual plaintiffs, are challenging the constitutionality of ICWA. Should ICWA be revoked, the consequences be even more devastating--and this time not only to Native children, families, and communities. The results of this case could also have implications for other policies relating to Tribal Sovereignty. 

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