Tribal Nations Are Under Threat as Native Families’ Right to Stay Together Is at Stake at the Supreme Court | Theodora Simon

The Indian Child Welfare Act (IWCA)—a law that aims to protect Native children from forced removal from their families, tribes, and culture and preserve tribal sovereignty—is currently under attack and at risk of being overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court. Congress passed ICWA in 1978 to address the nationwide crisis of state child welfare agencies tearing Native children from their families and placing them in non-Native homes, in an attempt to force Native children to assimilate and adopt white cultural norms. Before ICWA, public and private agencies were removing 25% to 35% of Native American/Alaska Native children from their homes, and 85% of those children were placed in non-Native households.

Source: Opinion | Tribal Nations Are Under Threat as Native Families’ Right to Stay Together Is at Stake at the Supreme Court | Theodora Simon

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