HuffPost: Bipartisan Group Of 77 Lawmakers Defends Indian Child Welfare Act

Dozens of lawmakers from both parties and both chambers of Congress filed an amicus brief on Friday in federal court defending the constitutionality of the Indian Child Welfare Act, a 1978 law that’s been vital for keeping Native American communities together — but that’s being challenged in court by a handful of states and non-Native individuals who say it’s not fair to them.

ICWA requires states to prioritize placing Native children in foster or adoptive homes with Native families over non-Native families. Plaintiffs in a lawsuit brought by Texas, Indiana, Louisiana and non-Native prospective adoptive parents argue that the law is unconstitutional because it’s race-based and violates the equal protection clause.

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