To shed light on this critical moment as it unfolds, NDN Collective will be LIVE on the ground in Washington, DC on Wednesday. Tune in and join the livestream on NDN Collective's Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube channels at 10am MT/11am CT/12pm ET, and hear from ICWA advocates, attorneys, and more on this groundbreaking case.
Also leading up to this consequential case, Lorenzo Serna, NDN Collective Director of Tactical Media, hosted an NDN Live conversation on October 27 with Rebecca Nagle-- Cherokee journalist, and host and producer of the podcast This Land. On the second season of This Land, Nagle highlights an in-depth investigation into Brackeen v. Haaland and the potential impacts of the case.
The Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) was passed in 1978 as a federal law that set standards for the removal and out-of-home placement for Indigenous children; it protects the best interests of the child by placing them in homes that are connected to their tribes and relatives. Brackeen is challenging the constitutionality of ICWA, as it places preference for the placement of Indian children to the tribes themselves.
This Wednesday, November 9th, the Supreme Court of the United States will hear oral arguments for the Brackeen v. Haaland (2021) case.
Learn more about the case, the Indian Child Welfare Act, and the fight to protect ICWA by visiting these resources:
- NDN Collective | NDN Collective Hosts ICWA Conversation with Rebecca Nagle Ahead of Major Supreme Court Case that Threatens Tribal Sovereignty
- Crooked Media | ‘This Land’ Season 2
- Indianz.com | Indian Rallies as U.S. Supreme Court hears ICWA Challenge
- National Indian Child Welfare Assoc. (NICWA) | About ICWA
- Protect ICWA Campaign
- Native American Rights Fund (NARF) | Defending the Law that Defends our Children - Protect ICWA Campaign
- National Congress Of American Indians | U.S. Supreme Court Will Hear Challenge to ICWA
- High Country News | Can Indian Country withstand the new Supreme Court?