#ProudToProtectICWA: Tribal leaders react to hearing in Indian Child Welfare Act case

NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana -- The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments in a closely-watched Indian Child Welfare Act case here on Wednesday.

Tribal leaders, tribal officials and representatives of Indian Country organizations made a strong showing at the hearing in the case, known as Brackeen v. Bernhardt. Arguments lasted about 90 minutes, and the outcome will determine whether ICWA, which went on the books in 1978, will continue to protect Indian children by ensuring tribes have a voice in adoption and child placement proceedings.

Here's a recap of some of the initial reactions from leaders of the Quinault Nation and the Oneida Nation, whose governments have intervened in the case in order to defend ICWA.

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