On November 9, the United States Supreme Court will hear oral arguments of Haaland v. Brackeen, the case concerning the constitutionality of the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA). The stakes are high. The Supreme Court’s decision will ultimately determine whether the 44-year-old law that ensures Native children have the legal right to remain connected to their familial network, culture, and community will remain intact.
Here are three things you can do to help raise awareness and support the Indian Child Welfare Act through the American Indian College Fund’s friends at the National Indian Child Welfare Association (NICWA):
- Sign the Petition. Join 16,000+ others in pledging support for ICWA.
- Share a @ProtectICWA post. ICWA is still unknown or misunderstood by so many. Share a message from the Protect ICWA Campaign on your social media. You can find NICWA on Instagram and Twitter.
- Save the date: Wednesday, November 9. Join the NICWA in Washington D.C. on Wednesday, November 9, 2022, for an in-person event during the Supreme Court oral arguments. Families, leaders, singers, dancers, traditional practitioners, elders, knowledge keepers, youth, and allies are invited to join NICWA to respectfully demonstrate support for ICWA on this important day. Please register for this on Eventbrite. NICWA will share more information regarding time, place, and activities with registered attendees.
For 40 years, NICWA has supported tribes in developing tribal child welfare programs, training tribal and state workers, and helping states and tribes strengthen the implementation of ICWA. Share your support of ICWA today and stand with them, the American Indian College Fund, Indian Country, and Native children on this vital issue.