The Native American Rights Fund is committed to the well-being of Native American children and their families.
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.
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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.
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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LATEST NEWS FROM ICWA INFO:
- In the Matter of the Adoption of B.B., July 28, 2020 (Supreme Court of Utah)Legal Topics: Indian Child Welfare Act – Jurisdiction; Indian Child Welfare Act – Domicile Read the full decision at the National Indian Law Library website.
- Realizing ICWA’s promiseRepairing and strengthening Indian Country’s ancestral social safety net Indian Country Today Opinion by: -Tara ‘Katuk’ Sweeney, Iñupiat member of the Native Village of Barrow and the Iñupiat Community …
- In the Matter of April S., July 24, 2020 (Supreme Court of Alaska)Legal Topics: Indian Child Welfare Act – Expert Witnesses Read the full decision at the National Indian Law Library website.
- Oregon Indian Child Welfare Act signed into lawDeclares Oregon policy regarding Indian children. Modifies Oregon child welfare laws regarding Indian children to reconcile with provisions of federal Indian Child Welfare Act. Read more at the Oregon …
- Strengthening the Child Welfare System for America’s ChildrenExecutive Order 13930 of June 24, 2020 Read the full text at the Federal Register website.
- This court case could weaken WA’s Indian Child Welfare ActThe law protects Native children from being taken from their homes without tribal involvement. The case before the state Supreme Court could tighten those rules. Read the full article …