Opinion: Indian Child Welfare Act forced on multi-racial children

"As an adoptive dad who nearly lost two children to the Indian Child Welfare Act, I too am familiar with the history behind this federal law.

In “Indian child law needs full compliance” (Point of View, July 20), Terry Cross presents the same arguments for ICWA as were given more than three decades ago. It’s time for new talking points.

We live in a much different society than we did when children were being removed from reservations and Indian Country in large numbers, often for unwarranted reasons, and forced to assimilate into majority culture. Yet the application of ICWA has extended far beyond what Congress ever intended, and is harming countless children as a result."

Get the Story:
Johnston Moore: Some different talking points about Indian Child Welfare Act (The Oklahoman 7/27)

South Carolina Supreme Court Decision:
Adoptive Couple v. Cherokee Nation (July 26, 2012)

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