News Release

National Indian Child Welfare Association

National Congress of American Indians

Association on American Indian Affairs

Native American Rights Fund

Yesterday, the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals published its en banc decision in Brackeen v. Haaland, a case challenging the constitutionality of the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA). While the Protect ICWA Campaign is pleased to see that the court recognized that the Indian Child Welfare Act generally is within Congress’s authority, we are deeply concerned that aspects of this opinion misunderstand the unique relationship between the United States and tribal nations. The opinion is 325 pages long, and given its length and complexity, we are still analyzing the decision and will provide further information in the coming days. The Indian Child Welfare Act is in the best interest of Indian children and families, and we are firmly committed to protecting the law.

Read the full decision here: https://narf.org/nill/documents/20210406brackeen-opinion5th.pdf

Protect ICWA Campaign

The Protect ICWA Campaign (the Campaign) was established by four national Native organizations: the National Indian Child Welfare Association, the National Congress of American Indians, the Association on American Indian Affairs, and the Native American Rights Fund. Together, the Campaign works to serve and support Native children, youth, and families through upholding the Indian Child Welfare Act. The Campaign works to inform policy, legal, and communications strategies with the mission to uphold and protect the Indian Child Welfare Act.

Protect ICWA Campaign