DOI official: Governments must work together on ICWA

Hilary Tompkins, Solicitor, U.S. Department of the Interior
Dept. of Interior Solicitor Hilary Tompkins

The future of the Indian Child Welfare Act depends on the federal government’s ability to work with state governments and ensuring that tribal courts have enough resources, the chief general counsel for the Department of Interior said Thursday.

Department of Interior Solicitor Hilary Tompkins spoke at a panel discussion in Washington D.C. examining the federal law created to ensure that Native American children removed from homes be placed with relatives or put in foster care with other Native American families, except in unusual circumstances. The discussion, moderated by former U.S. Sen. Byron Dorgan of North Dakota, was streamed online.

Read the article at the Grand Forks Herald website.

Watch the video of the May 22, 2013, panel discussion at the Aspen Institute website.