The Native American Rights Fund is committed to the well-being of Native American children and their families.

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To that end, we have created this website to help you find resources related to the welfare of our youngest tribal citizens. It includes information about the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) and how to implement it correctly, federal and state laws and regulations, case updates and materials, and the latest news and resources related to the welfare of Native children and families.

We hope that you find these materials useful and we invite you to contact us at icwa@narf.org.





Featured: Brackeen v. Haaland (5th Circ.)

(April 6, 2021) – Today, the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals published its en banc decision in Brackeen v. Haaland, a case challenging the constitutionality of the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA). While the Protect ICWA Campaign is pleased to see that the court recognized that ICWA generally is within Congress’s authority, we are deeply concerned that aspects of this opinion misunderstand the unique relationship between the United States and tribal nations.  The opinion is 325 pages long, and given its length and complexity, we are still analyzing the decision and will provide further information in the coming days. ICWA is in the best interest of Indian children and families, and we are firmly committed to protecting the law.

Read the full decision here: https://narf.org/nill/documents/20210406brackeen-opinion5th.pdf.

Find full case documents on the Tribal Supreme Court Project website.



An Introduction to the Indian Child Welfare Act

The Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) is a federal law enacted in 1978 protecting the well-being and best interests of Indian children and families by upholding family integrity and stability and keeping Indian children connected to their community and culture. It is widely recognized as following best practices and being the gold standard in in the field of child welfare.

ICWA also reaffirms the inherent rights of tribal nations to be involved in child welfare matters involving their citizens and advocate for the best interest of their tribal members. Because of its strong foundation, many states have enacted similar state legislation to protect Native American families in their community. Learn more about how we are defending the law that defends our children.

 

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