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HHS Assistant Secretary January Contreras talks about the importance of 'coming together to work for children' after the Pascua Yaqui and Arizona Department of Child Safety agreed to keep working together in anticipation of a Supreme Court decision that could end federal standards for the states' treatment of Native American children.

The Indian Child Welfare Act - a decades-old law governing the adoption of Native American children passed in response to the systematic separation of children from tribes - is on thin ice after scrutiny by the Supreme Court. Read more»

Peter Yucupicio, the chairman of the Pascua Yaqui Tribe, signs an agreement on Tuesday that the tribe will work with Arizona Department of Child Safety when the tribe's children are in state custody. DCS Director Mike Faust is to his right and Herminia Frias, a tribal councilwoman, stands behind him.

The Pascua Yaqui Tribe and Arizona Department of Child Safety have agreed that the tribe has a role in the cases of foster children. The Supreme Court will soon decide a case that may change federal standards on how to treat Native American kids in state custody. Read more»