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Nancy Marie Spears

Nancy Marie Spears is currently based in Colorado covering Indigenous children and families with a focus on the Indian Child Welfare Act. She is an enrolled member of the Cherokee Nation.

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11/29/2022

Texas Governor Announces New Leadership for Family and Protective Services

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott yesterday announced the newest appointments to leadership in the state's Department of Family and Protective Services.

Nicole Alkire Grady: Research Shows Tribal Colleges, Universities Twice As Likely To Provide Child Care on Campus

11/29/2022

Research Shows Tribal Universities Twice As Likely To Provide Child Care on Campus

New research shows that tribal colleges and universities are far more likely than mainstream schools to support students with on-site child care.

11/17/2022

Child Welfare Advocates Say New Mexico Falling Short on Court-ordered Reforms

A report on the progress New Mexico has made on fulfilling commitments to better care for foster youth has found the state falling short.

In Prayer and Protest, People of Indian Country Gather Outside the Supreme Court to Defend the Indian Child Welfare Act

11/9/2022

In Prayer and Protest, People of Indian Country Gather Outside the Supreme Court to Defend the Indian Child Welfare Act

Demonstrators gathered at the Supreme Court today to voice support for the Indian Child Welfare Act as the 44-year-old law is challenged.

10/31/2022

The Fate of Indian Child Welfare Before the Supreme Court: Race, Commerce and Commandeering

What you need to know to follow the arguments in next week's Supreme Court case over the fate of the Indian Child Welfare Act

A Minnesota child custody case that began at the Hennepin County Juvenile Justice Center Reaches the Supreme Court

10/20/2022

How a Chippewa Grandmother’s Adoption Fight Ended Up in the U.S. Supreme Court

An untold story behind the Supreme Court case challenging the constitutionality of the Indian Child Welfare Act.

Tribal Leaders Vow to Protect Native Families from Separation as Indian Child Welfare Law Heads to the Supreme Court

10/17/2022

Tribal Leaders Vow to Protect Their Families from Separation as Indian Child Welfare Law Heads to the Supreme Court

Tribal leaders emphasize the importance of the Indian Child Welfare Act ahead of oral arguments before the Supreme Court.

First-of-its-kind Survey Examines Trauma and Healing Among Indigenous Survivors of Family Separation

8/29/2022

First-of-its-kind Survey Examines Trauma and Healing Among Indigenous Survivors of Family Separation

Researchers in Minnesota are collaborating on a survey of Indigenous survivors of family separation to document the abuse and participants' ways of coping.

8/15/2022

Alaska State Law Codifies Child Welfare Protections for Indigenous Families

A new state law that took effect August 5 in Alaska aims to “address and improve deep structural inequities” in the state’s child welfare system — protecting residents should broader federal protections be overturned by a pending Supreme Court case.

Tribal Leaders Vow to Protect Native Families from Separation as Indian Child Welfare Law Heads to the Supreme Court

8/4/2022

Supreme Court Set to Consider Fate Of Indian Child Welfare Act in November

The Supreme Court will begin to hear oral arguments in a case that challenges the federal Indian Child Welfare Act in November.

New Homes in Southern California Will Keep Siblings in Foster Care Together

7/20/2022

New Homes in Southern California Will Keep Siblings in Foster Care Together

The city of Palmdale, California is moving forward on a housing project that keeps siblings in foster care housed together.

7/9/2022

Historic ‘Healing Tour’ Launched in Oklahoma Honors Survivors of Indian Boarding Schools

At a southern Oklahoma gymnasium, Interior Secretary Deb Haaland kicked off her "Road to Healing" tour, hearing from survivors of America's Indian boarding schools.

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Legislation Enacting Boarding Schools Truth and Healing Commission Advances

6/21/2022

Legislation Enacting Boarding Schools Truth and Healing Commission Advances

A bill that would establish a formal Truth and Healing Commission for Indian boarding school survivors was given preliminary approval by a House committee last week.

With ICWA Under Threat, More States Shore Up Laws to Protect Native Families from Foster Care Separation

4/6/2022

With ICWA Under Threat, More States Shore Up Laws to Protect Native Families from Foster Care Separation

With the Indian Child Welfare Act facing a Supreme Court challenge, states have enacted their own versions to protect Indigenous families from separation.

1/25/2022

Will Supreme Court Hear Challenge to Bedrock Law on Native American Families?

As the Canadian government pays out billions of dollars in reparations to Indigenous families torn apart by foster care, a case up for consideration by the U.S. Supreme Court threatens to strip legal protections from U.S.-born Native American children, families and tribal communities. 

U.S. Boarding Schools for Native Americans

12/22/2021

Haaland’s Bold Initiative to Revisit the Tortuous Past of U.S. Boarding Schools for Native Americans, and Alumni Reflections

In June, Interior Department Secretary Deb Haaland ordered a long-overdue investigation into the thousands of Indigenous children the U.S. government sent to boarding schools over the course of a century.