Native Americans

U.S. Boarding Schools for Native Americans


Government to Study Traumatic Legacy of American Indian Boarding Schools

Interior Secretary Deb Haaland has ordered a landmark probe into the harmful, traumatic legacy of American Indian boarding schools.


A Village Apart: Lummi Nation Creates a Unique Community to Support Families

Sche'lang’en Village, which opened in 2017, is a housing development that preserves Native American families by providing support and opportunities for transformational life changes.

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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.


Top Stories of 2018: Indian Child Welfare Act Turns 40

We’re counting down 10 of the biggest stories The Imprint published in 2018. Each day, we’ll connect readers with a few links to our coverage on a big story from 2018.


On Indian Child Welfare Act, Time for Critics and Supporters to Talk in Earnest

Two weeks ago, a U.S. District Court in Texas struck down large portions of the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) as unconstitutional. People who believe ICWA treats children unfairly cheered the ruling, while others, who want to preserve the law, criticized it and vowed to fight back.


Indian Child Welfare Act: The Real Tragedy Is That It’s Not Enforced

Casey Jo Caswell of Lansing, Mich. made a terrible mistake. Homeless and jobless, she turned to Michigan’s child welfare agency for help raising her son, Ricky. But the agency offered no help with housing, no help with a job and no help with education.