In High Country News, here.
a powerful dog whistle attacking American Indian families and tribes
who assert their rights to keep Native children with Native families
under the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA). Increasingly, foster and
adoptive parents are fighting those families and tribes who seek to
reunite with their children by claiming to be “the only family the child
has ever known.” It was the racism in the child welfare system against
Indian families that initially compelled Congress to establish ICWA in
1978. Now, as America continues to grapple with its racist history and
systems of white supremacy, it’s time for courts to see through racist
dog whistles and prioritize families of color.
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