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.
To see how the Brackeen decision may affect your ongoing ICWA case, see the Brackeen v. Haaland Decision Tree (also at right).
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 in our Summer/Fall 2019 issue of the NARF Legal Review.
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LATEST NEWS FROM ICWA INFO:
- In the Interest of G.D. and M.D. v. State of Utah, June 10, 2021, (Supreme Court of Utah.)Legal Topics: Indian Child Welfare Act Read the full decision at the National Indian Law Library website.
- Opinion: Deb Haaland: My grandparents were stolen from their families as children. We must learn about this history.As I read stories about an unmarked grave in Canada where the remains of 215 Indigenous children were found last month, I was sick to my stomach. But the deaths of …
- Oregon House passes measure recognizing tribal adoptions to governorOregon lawmakers have voted to codify provisions of the federal Indian Child Welfare Act into state law in an effort to honor tribal customs and sent the bill to the desk of …
- In re N.R., June 3, 2021 (Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia.)Legal Topics: Indian Child Welfare Act Read the full decision at the National Indian Law Library website.
- NCAI Weighs in on Discovery of Remains of 215 Children at Indian Residential School in CanadaThe NCAI, which passed two different resolutions in the past decade on the issue, is calling for transparency and accountability for historical and generational trauma caused by boarding schools …
- Upcoming Trainings from the National Indian Child Welfare AssociationThe National Indian Child Welfare Association is offering the following programs: June 7, 9 & 11, 2021 September 15-17, 2021 OnlineWorking with Substance-Abusing Families August 9-12, 2021 September 20-23, …