Supreme Court votes 7-2 to uphold the Indian Child Welfare Act
On this edition of Your Call's Media Roundtable, we discuss the Supreme Court decision that upheld the Indian Child Welfare Act, which is known as ICWA.
In a 7-2 decision, the Supreme Court rejected challenges to the 1978 federal law that is aimed at keeping Native children with their families.
According to NPR, the ICWA was enacted 45 years ago after a congressional investigation found that in the 1950s, '60s, and '70s, over one-third of all Native children had been removed from their homes, some forcibly, and placed with non-Indian families and institutions with no ties to the tribes. To ensure that would never happen again, the law established three preferences for the placement of Native children when they are adopted or put in foster care: the first preference is for placement with the child's extended family, then to other members of the tribe, and if neither of those is available, to members of another tribe.
Agnel Philip, data reporter for ProPublica
Jessica Lussenhop, award-winning reporter for ProPublica’s Midwest team
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