On November 9, leaders with the Coalition To Stop Violence Against Native Women (CSVANW) and Bold Futures, were in Washington, D.C. to take part in a national rally to call for the protection of the Indian Child Welfare Act (Act) during the Supreme Court oral arguments on this monumental case. Indigneous communities are outraged by the timing of this litigation as it coincides with Native American Heritage Month in the US.
“CSVANW knows the importance of keeping our children in our communities and fostering connection and belonging in them to their Nations, Pueblos, Rancherias, Bands, and Tribes,” said Ryder Jiron, policy and communications coordinator with CSVANW, who travelled to D.C. “That is why were in front of the Supreme Court during the Bracken v. Haaland opening arguments alongside our relatives to protect ICWA on the frontlines. When tribal sovereignty is under attack, expect us!”
ICWA protects American Indian and Alaska Native kids in child welfare proceedings by keeping them in the care of extended family or tribes whenever possible. In Haaland v. Brackeen, a small group of opponents will argue in front of the Supreme Court that those protections should be taken away—and the challenge will have far-reaching impacts.
To find out more about why ICWA must be protected visit: https://linktr.ee/protecticwa
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