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.

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


Indian Child Welfare Act is Leading the Way on Child Welfare Practice

Child welfare is a complicated and varied system. Most people, who have not worked in the field of child protection, foster care and adoption — the child welfare system — are not familiar with the many services and practices involved.


Federal Law Is Still in The Best Interests of Indian Children

The Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) was a response to alarmingly high numbers of Indian children being unnecessarily removed from their families and communities. Congress understood the best interest of Indian children were not served by state and private agencies and state courts, and that led to exceedingly high numbers of out-of-home placements, many unnecessary, and inflicting long term damage to Indian children, families, and communities.


Oral Arguments Scheduled for March in Indian Child Welfare Act Case

The legal challenge to the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA), a 40-year-old law passed to protect Native American families from child welfare system intrusion, has its next court date set. Oral arguments in the appeal of a federal district court decision to strike down most of ICWA is scheduled for the week of March 11 at the Fifth Circuit Court Appeals in New Orleans, according to counsel for one of the tribes involved in the case.


Federal Court Puts Indian Child Welfare Act Decision on Hold; Feds Join Appeal

The Fifth District Court of Appeals has issued a stay in the case involving an October federal district court decision that struck down the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA). The decision means that states must follow ICWA at least until the court has decided on the case.

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Arizona Tribe Cements Relationship with State On Indian Child Welfare Custody Cases


State Actions on Indian Child Welfare Act Since Federal Judge Struck It Down

As we reported last week, several tribes have appealed the recent ruling striking down the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA), and are asking the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals to issue a stay on the lower court’s ruling until the appeal is decided on.

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    Tribes Appeal, Seek Stay on Indian Child Welfare Act Ruling; Feds Yet to Act

    Several tribes have formally appealed last month’s decision in a federal district court that the 40-year-old Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) is in part unconstitutional. In Brackeen v. Zinke, U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor ruled in favor of three states – Texas, Indiana and Louisiana – and several foster and adoptive couples, declaring that ICWA was a race-based law lacking a present-day articulation of its need.

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    Arizona Tribe Cements Relationship with State On Indian Child Welfare Custody Cases


    Tribes Will Seek Stay on Indian Child Welfare Act Ruling, Feds Response in Limbo

    Late last week, a federal judge ruled that the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) was unconstitutional, leaving in jeopardy a 40-year-old law meant to protect a tribe’s ability to prevent the removal of children from Indian reservations or families.


    Indian Child Welfare Act Under Fire: Federal Judge Strikes Down 40-Year-Old Law, Appeals Could Lead to Supreme Court

    A federal judge has declared unconstitutional a 40-year-old law that was passed to protect against the separation of American Indian children from their families and tribes by state-run child welfare systems.