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#ICWA is vital: US and Tribes Stand Together #ProudtoProtectICWA
Native News Online Staff
Published March 15, 2019
NEW ORLEANS — The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments Wednesday in
Brackeen v. Bernhardt, in which the United States and tribal
nations stand together in defense of the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA)
and the American Indian and Alaska Native children that it serves. A
nationwide coalition of 325 tribal nations, 57
Native organizations, 21 states, 31 child welfare organizations, 7
members of Congress, and dozens of scholars of federal Indian law and
constitutional law also stood with the parties in court during their
amicus briefs supporting Native children and families
through the Indian Child Welfare Act.
“ICWA is vital to the well-being of Native children and the stability
and integrity of Native families today. We can’t afford to go back to
the days when massive numbers of Native children were forcibly removed
from their loved ones and were often separated
from their families with little hope of ever seeing them again. It’s
not an option,” said the Protect ICWA Campaign.
The National Indian Child Welfare Association, the National Congress of
American Indians, the Association on American Indian Affairs, and the
Native American Rights Fund urge the ruling of the district court to be
A decision by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals is expected within a few months after the oral argument.
Canada's Residential Schools
The religious organizations that operated the schools — the Anglican Church of Canada, Presbyterian Church in Canada, United Church of Canada, Jesuits of English Canada and some Catholic groups — in 2015 expressed regret
for the “well-documented” abuses. The Catholic Church has never offered an official apology, something that Trudeau and others have repeatedly called for.
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