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Indian Child Welfare Act: Children, hope, future

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The 2008-09 Grand Jury reviewed the operation and enforcement within Mendocino County of the Indian Child Welfare Act. The United States Congress passed ICWA in 1978 to prevent Tribal Indian children from being removed from their tribal cultural roots, the jury's report stated. Mendocino County Tribes realized in the mid 1980s-90s that the best interests of their children were not being addressed in local or state courts due to the lack of understanding of ICWA Law.