The Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) of 1978 was a response to nationwide removal policies which saw more than 1/3 of native children systematically taken from their homes and stripped of their identities. 

We are grateful for the decision of the Supreme Court to fully uphold the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA). ICWA is an essential tool to maintain the preservation of Indigenous families and to ensure tribal sovereignty is respected. Ultimately, we look forward to a time when the family policing system no longer exists and policies such as ICWA are no longer necessary to protect Indigenous children from the harm of the state. As we work to build this society, we recognize that tribal sovereignty will and must be continued as a priority.



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