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Supreme Court to hear Indian Child Welfare Act case involving Navajo child

The Supreme Court agreed Monday to hear a challenge to the Indian Child Welfare Act filed by a white Texas couple that was almost denied the chance to adopt a Native American boy who was set to be placed with a Navajo family. ... Read more»

State statutes could protect families if Indian Child Welfare Act is overturned

A Texas challenge to the federal Indian Child Welfare Act at the Supreme Court might not be entirely successful in at least nine states where state laws impose similar restrictions on the adoption of Indigenous children by non-Native parents. ... Read more»

Broader tribal sovereignty at stake in federal Indian Child Welfare Act case

A law to protect Native families from being separated is on a path to the Supreme Court where the 41-year-old law could be upended, and tribal advocates fear the real goal of the deep-pocketed effort to overturn the law is an erosion of tribal sovereignty to benefit special interests.... Read more»

Tribal leaders optimistic about Biden; Haaland nomination a good start

Tribal leaders' hopes for for better relations with the federal government were reinforced last week when a Native woman, Rep. Deb Haaland, D-N.M., was nominated to be secretary of Interior. If approved, she would be the first Native American Cabinet secretary.... Read more»

Indian Congress president: Tribal sovereignty still threatened from ‘every corner’

Despite some “encouraging developments,” threats to tribal sovereignty still come “from every branch and every corner of federal and state governments,” the president of the National Congress of American Indians said Monday. ... Read more»

Fate of native children may hinge on U.S. adoption case

A case before federal appeals court judges will decide if tribal parents will continue to get preference in adopting Native American children as conservatives groups sue to end race-based adoption.... Read more»

Federal judge in Texas strikes down Indian Child Welfare Act

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton argued that the law "elevates a child's race over their best interest."... Read more»

Some ‘disappointed’ by Supreme Court’s ruling on Indian adoptions

Arizona experts said the Supreme Court’s recent ruling against a Native American father who was fighting to stop his daughter from being adopted may only have “muddied the waters” for future cases.... Read more»1