Indian Country Today: Indian child welfare legal challenge is about ending tribal sovereignty

The scene in the 1970’s for American Indian and Alaska Native children was disturbing, some 25 to 35 percent of the population were removed from their homes by state welfare and private adoption agencies. This was slow motion genocide by literally removing the future from the home.

The Indian Child Welfare Act was enacted as to reverse this narrative and to recognize that tribes, as sovereign nations, have control over the welfare of their own children.

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