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Indian Child Welfare Act under attack again as conservative group submits appeal to Supreme Court
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Indian Child Welfare Act under attack again as conservative group submits appeal to Supreme Court (December 12, 2017)
The conservative Goldwater Institute is attacking the Indian Child Welfare Act again, this time in a dispute involving the Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians.

'Stand up, fight back!' -- Annual march to honor lost Native children continues
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'Stand up, fight back!' -- Annual march to honor lost Native children continues (November 23, 2017)
Fifteen years ago, Native people in Sioux City sought the help of Iowa state leaders. Their anger turned into the Memorial March to Honor Our Lost Children.

Cronkite News: Tribal advocates welcome action on Indian Child Welfare Act case
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Cronkite News: Tribal advocates welcome action on Indian Child Welfare Act case (November 1, 2017)
The Supreme Court has refused to hear an Arizona case that pitted a non-Indian mother and Indian father against one another in a fight for custody of their children.

Supreme Court won't take up race-based challenge to Indian Child Welfare Act
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Supreme Court won't take up race-based challenge to Indian Child Welfare Act (October 30, 2017)
Another conservative attack on the Indian Child Welfare Act has been rebuffed by the nation's highest court but the fight is far from over.

Non-Indian parents file lawsuit to halt transfer of child custody cases to tribes
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Non-Indian parents file lawsuit to halt transfer of child custody cases to tribes (October 11, 2017)
Two non-Indian parents filed a lawsuit in federal court to stop the state of Minnesota from transferring Indian child custody cases to tribes.

Conservative group launches another attack on Indian Child Welfare Act
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Conservative group launches another attack on Indian Child Welfare Act (July 24, 2017)
A conservative group with a history of attacking the Indian Child Welfare Act is back at it, advancing a faulty premise in a petition to the nation's highest court.

Mary Annette Pember: The Indian Child Welfare Act strengthens our families
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Mary Annette Pember: The Indian Child Welfare Act strengthens our families (June 22, 2017)
The Indian Child Welfare Act was not created to unfairly target mixed race Native children, Mary Annette Pember writes on Indian Country Media Network.

Trump injects 'race' into debate with questions about Indian funding
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Trump injects 'race' into debate with questions about Indian funding (May 8, 2017)
President Donald Trump may not have been able to convince Congress to support his funding priorities but he's striking back in his own way.

Mary Annette Pember: Indian Child Welfare Act heals our families
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Mary Annette Pember: Indian Child Welfare Act heals our families (April 25, 2017)
The Indian Child Welfare Act is not a frivolous law begotten by misguided liberals, but a way to heal communities.

Mona Evans: Creek Nation fails to support Indian Child Welfare Act
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Mona Evans: Creek Nation fails to support Indian Child Welfare Act (March 27, 2017)
Where was the Muscogee Nation in tribal member’s Indian Child Welfare Act fight?

Indian Child Welfare Act survives attack from conservative groups
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Indian Child Welfare Act survives attack from conservative groups (March 21, 2017)
Tribal leaders and advocates are breathing a sigh of relief after a federal judge rejected a broad challenge on the historic law.

Eric Hannel: Removing Indian children is a big business for some
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Eric Hannel: Removing Indian children is a big business for some (March 13, 2017)
Financial Incentive Greater Than Violations of Indian Child Welfare Act.

Eric Hannel: South Dakota county removes Indian children at an alarming rate
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Eric Hannel: South Dakota county removes Indian children at an alarming rate (March 2, 2017)
Indian children are being removed in Pennington County, SD at an alarming rate.

Native Sun News Today: Indian Child Welfare Act fight continues as South Dakota appeals lawsuit
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Native Sun News Today: Indian Child Welfare Act fight continues as South Dakota appeals lawsuit (January 25, 2017)
For those who’ve lost children to a system that steals their identity, culture and connection to their families, and then subjects them to a system where many may languish unconnected for decades, the Indian Child Welfare Act appeared to be a Godsend.

Lakota Country Times: Another year of big news in Lakota territory
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Lakota Country Times: Another year of big news in Lakota territory (January 19, 2017)
Over the course of the last year Lakota Country has witnessed several events of a historical nature that will have a lasting impact.

Native Sun News Today: Northern Cheyenne Tribe recruits foster parents
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Native Sun News Today: Northern Cheyenne Tribe recruits foster parents (January 18, 2017)
On the Northern Cheyenne Reservation there is a desperate need to recruit foster parents to handle a large case load of children determined to be in need of care.

Lakota Country Times: Historic decision for Indian Child Welfare Act
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Lakota Country Times: Historic decision for Indian Child Welfare Act (January 17, 2017)
In a case that has national implications for the Indian Child Welfare Act, a federal judge has given one county in South Dakota very specific guidelines for how to conduct themselves.

Supreme Court declines petition in Indian Child Welfare Act case
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Supreme Court declines petition in Indian Child Welfare Act case (January 9, 2017)
A Choctaw Nation girl will remain with her relatives instead of being displaced by a non-Indian foster couple.

Native Sun News Today: Big decision in Indian Child Welfare Act case in South Dakota
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Native Sun News Today: Big decision in Indian Child Welfare Act case in South Dakota (December 27, 2016)
The Indian Child Welfare Acts was passed by the United States Congress in 1978.

Native youth remain hopeful as nation transitions to new president
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Native youth remain hopeful as nation transitions to new president (November 30, 2016)
The #NoDAPL movement, preventing suicide and promoting educational opportunities are among the top priorities of the new generation in Indian Country.

Republicans get behind Donald Trump as new challenges emerge for tribes
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Republicans get behind Donald Trump as new challenges emerge for tribes (November 18, 2016)
Major hurdles include funding for Indian programs and understanding the incoming president's new leadership team.

Shingle Springs Band asserts jurisdiction in child welfare dispute
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Shingle Springs Band asserts jurisdiction in child welfare dispute (October 31, 2016)
Another Indian Child Welfare Act battle is brewing in California.

Steve Russell: Indian people can barely afford justice in Arizona
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Steve Russell: Indian people can barely afford justice in Arizona (October 10, 2016)
'How much justice can you afford? Do you feel lucky?'

California's highest court won't disrupt placement of Choctaw Nation girl
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California's highest court won't disrupt placement of Choctaw Nation girl (September 15, 2016)
A non-Indian couple is now planning to take the case to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Native Sun News: Ruling awaited in Indian Child Welfare Act case
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Native Sun News: Ruling awaited in Indian Child Welfare Act case (August 30, 2016)
The state of South Dakota has been violating the due process rights of Indian parents and a provision of the Indian Child Welfare Act for decades ruled a federal judge last year and continues to violate them.

Matthew Fletcher: The Supreme Court and Indian Child Welfare Act
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Matthew Fletcher: The Supreme Court and Indian Child Welfare Act (August 24, 2016)
The next justice likely will have to sift through zealous, emotional attacks on ICWA, Indian tribes and Indian people.

Indian children over-represented in foster care system in Minnesota
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Indian children over-represented in foster care system in Minnesota (August 22, 2016)
Indian children are 2 percent of the state's child population and 24 percent of the foster care population.

Gila River Indian Community weighs options after losing Indian Child Welfare Act case
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Gila River Indian Community weighs options after losing Indian Child Welfare Act case (August 15, 2016)
A conservative group that want to invalidate the landmark Indian Child Welfare Act is representing the non-Indian foster couple in the dispute.

Native Sun News: Final ruling expected in Indian Child Welfare Act case
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Native Sun News: Final ruling expected in Indian Child Welfare Act case (August 12, 2016)
For those who've lost their Indian children to a system that steals their identity, culture and connection to their families of origin, a ruling expected next week on the Indian Child Welfare Act can be Godsend.

Native Sun News: Tribes honor author of Indian Child Welfare Act
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Native Sun News: Tribes honor author of Indian Child Welfare Act (July 26, 2016)
The author of the Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978 and former-South Dakota State Senator, James Abourezk was recognized and honored this week by the Tribal Interior Budget Council.

Training sessions planned for final Indian Child Welfare Act rule
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Training sessions planned for final Indian Child Welfare Act rule (July 22, 2016)
The new rule requires state court systems and state welfare agencies to determine whether a child is Indian and whether ICWA applies to their proceedings.

California remains a battleground for Indian Child Welfare Act
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California remains a battleground for Indian Child Welfare Act (July 21, 2016)
Tribal leaders have produced a detailed report that shows how little has changed when it comes to protecting Indian children.

Delphine Red Shirt: Our children need to be kept close to home
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Delphine Red Shirt: Our children need to be kept close to home (July 21, 2016)
When will we force ourselves to look into their worlds unflinchingly and build the home for children that we need at Pine Ridge?

Court won't disturb placement of Choctaw Nation girl in ICWA dispute
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Court won't disturb placement of Choctaw Nation girl in ICWA dispute (July 11, 2016)
A foster family in California has begun claiming to incorporate 'Native American culture into their lives' as part of an attempt to keep the girl from living with her relatives.

Lawmakers set to take up funding bill for Indian Country programs
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Lawmakers set to take up funding bill for Indian Country programs (July 5, 2016)
The appropriations measure offers increases for the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Indian Health Service.

Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation in need of more foster families
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Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation in need of more foster families (June 21, 2016)
The work of our Cherokee foster parents, child welfare workers and advocates is near and dear to my heart.

Final rule for Indian Child Welfare Act takes effect December 12
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Final rule for Indian Child Welfare Act takes effect December 12 (June 15, 2016)
Tribes and tribal organizations say the new regulations will help prevent the breakup of families in their communities.

Leech Lake Band placed girl in foster home where she was killed
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Leech Lake Band placed girl in foster home where she was killed (June 13, 2016)
Kira Rain Friedman, 2, died after reportedly being left unattended in a shower.

Anti-Indian Child Welfare Act attorney continues to question law
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Anti-Indian Child Welfare Act attorney continues to question law (June 10, 2016)
Despite losing in the courts, an attorney based in Washington, D.C., remains intent on undermining the 1978 law.

Final Indian Child Welfare Act rule goes into effect this December
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Final Indian Child Welfare Act rule goes into effect this December (June 9, 2016)
The 180-day time frame ensures the finished product will become law before the end of the Obama administration.

Bureau of Indian Affairs set to finalize Indian Child Welfare Act rule
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Bureau of Indian Affairs set to finalize Indian Child Welfare Act rule (June 8, 2016)
Congress passed ICWA in 1978 to prevent Indian children from being raised outside of their tribal communities.

Lakota Country Times: President Obama orders more compliance with ICWA
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Lakota Country Times: President Obama orders more compliance with ICWA (April 25, 2016)
With the Indian Child Welfare Act facing a barrage of criticism and multiple lawsuits intended to undermine the law, the White House is stepping g forward to make sure that federal entities comply with it.

Bree Black Horse: An 'Indian' is still an 'Indian' under federal laws
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Bree Black Horse: An 'Indian' is still an 'Indian' under federal laws (April 18, 2016)
The Federal Government’s definition of an 'Indian' is, in some instances, independent of an individual Indian’s tribal membership status.

Judge in South Dakota sanctioned in Indian Child Welfare Act case
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Judge in South Dakota sanctioned in Indian Child Welfare Act case (April 18, 2016)
A key document that was withheld from the Oglala Sioux Tribe and the Rosebud Sioux Tribe explains why Indian guardians lost 100 percent of cases before Judge Jeff Davis.

Conservative groups try to strike down Indian Child Welfare Act
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Conservative groups try to strike down Indian Child Welfare Act (April 8, 2016)
One case argues that the 1978 law violates the U.S. Constitution because, in the eyes of conservatives, it only applies to one 'race' -- Indian children.

Justice Department official warns of Indian Child Welfare Act fight
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Justice Department official warns of Indian Child Welfare Act fight (April 5, 2016)
Nearly four decades after ICWA's passage in 1978, the landmark law still hasn't been accepted by everyone in the adoption, foster care and child welfare industries.

California court won't upset placement of Choctaw Nation child
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California court won't upset placement of Choctaw Nation child (March 31, 2016)
An attorney who has repeatedly challenged the Indian Child Welfare Act vowed to take the dispute to the U.S. Supreme Court if necessary.

Conservative website urges readers to contact Choctaw Nation
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Conservative website urges readers to contact Choctaw Nation (March 24, 2016)
The campaign against the Indian Child Welfare Act extends to conservative organizations and conservative media.

Anti-Indian Child Welfare Act lawyer pursues appeal in California
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Anti-Indian Child Welfare Act lawyer pursues appeal in California (March 23, 2016)
A Choctaw Nation girl is now living with relatives -- including a sibling -- in Utah but that isn't stopping a California couple from trying to claim custody.

Anti-Indian Child Welfare Act attorney takes on another dispute
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Anti-Indian Child Welfare Act attorney takes on another dispute (March 22, 2016)
Despite losing in the court system, an attorney based in Washington, D.C., has succeed in drawing negative attention to the law and to the Choctaw Nation in a case from California.

Albert Bender: Stopping genocide of Indian children in South Dakota
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Albert Bender: Stopping genocide of Indian children in South Dakota (March 8, 2016)
This is not about just a legal ruling in the latest round of battling over the state's violation of the Indian Child Welfare Act. This is about the halting of genocide in America.

Bureau of Indian Affairs in final push as Obama era nears its end
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Bureau of Indian Affairs in final push as Obama era nears its end (March 1, 2016)
Time is running out for federal agencies to ensure President Barack Obama's pro-tribal agenda continues regardless of the outcome of the upcoming election.

Native Sun News: State of South Dakota fails to stall Indian Child Welfare Act lawsuit
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Native Sun News: State of South Dakota fails to stall Indian Child Welfare Act lawsuit (February 26, 2016)
A three year old class action lawsuit that alleges the state of South Dakota regularly violates the constitutional rights of Indian parents and the Indian Child Welfare Act may now move forward.

Updates from National Congress of American Indians winter session in D.C.
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Updates from National Congress of American Indians winter session in D.C. (February 23, 2016)
Some highlights from the opening day of the National Congress of American Indians 2016 executive council winter session in Washington, D.C.

Bill John Baker: The Indian Child Welfare Act remains under attack
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Bill John Baker: The Indian Child Welfare Act remains under attack (January 6, 2016)
Thirty-seven years ago, the federal government passed a law to keep Indian children safe.

Kevin Washburn announces departure from Bureau of Indian Affairs post
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Kevin Washburn announces departure from Bureau of Indian Affairs post (December 10, 2015)
As expected, the Chickasaw Nation citizen will return to University of New Mexico School of Law, where he previously served as dean.

Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation children deserve loving homes
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Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation children deserve loving homes (December 3, 2015)
This time of year let’s keep in mind those Cherokee children that need a loving, nurturing home.

BIA officers take children from Northern Cheyenne Reservation
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BIA officers take children from Northern Cheyenne Reservation (December 2, 2015)
The boys were taken to the border of the reservation and given to their non-Indian father, who has custody rights.

Tom Cole and Betty McCollum: Doing what's best for Indian children
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Tom Cole and Betty McCollum: Doing what's best for Indian children (December 1, 2015)
In recent years and especially in the past months, there has been sensationalized news coverage about the controversial adoptions of Native American children into non-tribal families or their placement into foster care.

Disenrollment from Pala Band affects children in ICWA case
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Disenrollment from Pala Band affects children in ICWA case (November 12, 2015)
The tribe objected when two children were put up for adoption but later removed them from the rolls.

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