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. 

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Both Sides Ask Supreme Court to Decide Fate of Indian Child Welfare Act

Parties on both sides of a case over the constitutionality of the Indian Child Welfare Act have asked the Supreme Court to step in and decide.


Child Welfare Ideas from the Experts

The Imprint is highlighting each of the policy recommendations made this summer by the participants of the Foster Youth Internship Program (FYI), a group of 11 former foster youths who have completed congressional internships.

Plaintiffs and lawmakers want the Biden administration to immediately return to an Obama-era policy of collecting voluntary data on foster youth, including sexual orientation and gender identity.


Plaintiffs, Lawmakers Seek Quick Decision on Sexual Orientation Data Collection

Tribes and advocacy groups want the federal government to once again begin collecting voluntary data about sexual orientation of foster youth and adoptees.

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Minneapolis Lawyers Rely on ‘Gold Standard’ Law to Keep Native American Families Together

To examine the Indian Child Welfare Act and its impact, The Imprint reviewed summaries of 40 cases handled last fall by a leading nonprofit law firm in Minnesota, where Native American children are removed from their parents at a rate unseen elsewhere in the country. The review revealed that the federal law has a clear benefit for the children it is designed to protect — and without it, those rights would be greatly diminished.

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Supreme Court Set to Decide Whether to Take Up Indian Child Welfare Case


Federal Court Ruling on Indian Child Welfare Act Goes in Several Directions

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In a complex ruling that seems destined for the highest court in the land, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals went in several directions on the fate of the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA), which was passed in the 1970s at a time when between a quarter and a third of all Native children were being removed from their families. 

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Truth Commission Proposed on Indian Boarding School Policy

Under legislation introduced in Congress recently, the United States would officially own up for the first time to its attempt to eradicate Indigenous culture through its policy of forcibly separating Native children from their parents and “civilizing” them in Christian boarding schools. 


A Plan To Train Child Welfare Workers on American Indian Rights

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Less than 2% of Minnesota’s population is Native American, according to Census data. But the most recent federal child welfare data shows more than one-third of children in the state’s foster care system were identified as being at least part American Indian in 2019.

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Administration Erases LGBT Questions From Foster Care Data Collection

Late Friday the Trump administration finalized a one-third reduction in the amount of data the government must collect about youth in foster care and their parents, sparking an outcry from advocates who charge that the changes are politically driven and will be bad for already-vulnerable kids.