With Supporters from Indian Country Looking on, Minnesota Lawmakers Vote to Protect Indigenous Families
Minnesota was already among the 12 states with a law that mirrors some or all of the protections of the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA), federal legislation passed decades ago to protect Indigenous families from unnecessary family separation.
But the state Legislature went further this year with enhancements to the Minnesota Indian Family Preservation Act, which was originally passed in 1985. The bill moves to Gov. Tim Walz’s desk as the nation waits for a ruling from the Supreme Court on a case called Brackeen v. Haaland, which could decide the fate of ICWA as a national law. A decision in the case is expected this summer.
“This bill says that we agree on Minnesota land that our children deserve the opportunity to have access to their family, their culture, their beliefs, and what I believe is the most beautiful part of Minnesota,” Rep. Heather Keeler told lawmakers in advance of the floor vote.
A group of leading organizations in child welfare is working to build a new path for quickly licensing kin as foster parents.
The Imprint Weekly Podcast
Episode 122: We Were Once a Family, with Journalist and Author Roxanna Asgarian
Imprint alum Roxanna Asgarian joins to discuss her new book, “We Were Once a Family: A Story of Love, Death, and Child Removal in America,” which traces the lives and families of six children killed by their adoptive parents in March of 2018. HERE
A Child of the Indian Race: A Conversation with Sandy White Hawk
Part Two: A song for orphans
On this week’s podcast, we begin a two-part interview between Imprint reporter Nancy Marie Spears and Sandy White Hawk, author of the recently released memoir A Child of the Indian Race: A Story of Return. White Hawk’s recounts her own adoption story, which began in 1955, decades before the Indian Child Welfare Act was passed to protect Indigenous families from being separated.
This conversation comes just months after the Supreme Court heard arguments in a case called Brackeen v. Haaland, in which several non-Indigenous families and the State of Texas have claimed that ICWA is unconstitutional. A decision in the case is expected to be delivered this summer.
Guest Interview: Sandy White Hawk is a Sicangu Lakota adoptee from the Rosebud Reservation, South Dakota. She is the founder and director of First Nations Repatriation Institute
An Indigenous Adoptee Reclaims Her Culture
First-of-its-kind Survey Examines Trauma and Healing Among Indigenous Survivors of Family Separation
How a Chippewa Grandmother’s Adoption Fight Ended Up in the U.S. Supreme Court
The Imprint’s Coverage of Brackeen v. Haaland