Supreme Court Stunner: The Indian Child Welfare Act Stands
Last week, in a surprising 7-2 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court fully upheld the Indian Child Welfare Act in Brackeen v. Haaland. We break down the full opinion of the court and their various reasons for siding in support of the 1978 law that was passed at a time when nearly a third of indigenous children were separated from their family.
We are joined for reaction to the Brackeen ruling by three women close to the case:
-Kate Fort of Michigan State University, one of the foremost experts on ICWA in this country, who assisted with the tribes’ preparation for the Supreme Court oral arguments
-Chrissi Ross Nimmo, deputy attorney general for Cherokee Nation, one of the the tribes that officially was party to the case
-Rebecca Nagle, journalist and architect of the podcast This Land, whose second season focused on the Brackeen case.
Kate Fort is director of clinics at Michigan State University College of Law, including the Indian Law Clinic
Chrissi Ross Nimmo is the deputy attorney general for Cherokee Nation.
Rebecca Nagle is an award-winning journalist and host of the podcast This Land.
Indian Child Welfare Act Stands, Native Families Empowered
The Imprint’s continuing coverage of Brackeen v. Haaland, 2018-2023
Opinion in Brackeen v. Haaland
Imprint Reporting by Nancy Marie Spears