‘An Indian is an Indian is an Indian’: Tribes defend sovereignty amid attack on Indian Child Welfare Act

NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana — Indian Country turned out in full force here on Wednesday to defend the sovereignty of tribal nations and their most valuable asset — their children.

Speaking outside the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals following arguments in a critical Indian Child Welfare Act case, tribal leaders remained confident that the law would survive an attack from hostile state governments and private parties. Congress enacted ICWA in 1978 to ensure that Indian children remain connected to their communities and their cultures.

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