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Fletcher on ICWA at Cato Unbound
Here is “Limit Government Intrusion in Indian Families’ Lives.” This essay is part of a series of online essays at Cato Unbound on the Indian Child Welfare Act.
The Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) restricts
government intervention in Indian families’ lives, imposes important
obligations on the government that benefit both children and parents
when it does interfere, and limits the ease by which private entities
profit from government action.
Alexandria P. is a story of how foster parents created
an adversarial relationship with a child’s family, disregarding the
goal of reunification, and then created a perfect storm of anti-Indian
media sentiment when they lost. Some facts should be made clear, in case
they are not: Lexi knew and regularly visited her Utah family – her
sisters and her aunt and uncle – and she always knew she was a foster
child. From the beginning, the California foster couple was the only
party to contest Lexi’s placement with her relatives. The state of
California, the Choctaw Nation, her relatives, her father, and Lexi’s
own counsel all agreed that the placement with her relatives was
absolutely in her best interest. Not once did any court disagree.
Casual racism against American Indians is alive and
well. In this hostile racial climate, it shouldn’t be surprising that
Indian parents in South Dakota argue that “there’s this collective
belief that Native people can’t take care of their own children.” The
critique that ICWA improperly routes Indian children to their relatives’
homes instead of non-Indian homes is a critique that takes advantage of
racial animus against Indian people and comes dangerously close to an
allegation that Indian parents and tribal communities are inherently
inferior (others have outright denounced the Goldwater Institute’s goals
for this reason). Indian people love their children the same as
everyone else. ICWA, the gold standard in child welfare, is there to
support Indian families against governments that too often devalue them.
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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