Native News Online: Indian Child Welfare Act Preservation is a Victory for Tribal Sovereignty and Native Families

As Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation, I joined the celebrations across Indian Country for the U.S. Supreme Court’s 7-2 Brackeen v. Haaland decision upholding the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA). The ruling was a triumph for tribes and, more importantly, for the health and safety of Native American children. When it comes to defending ICWA, the facts, the law, and the U.S. Constitution have always been on our side. The SCOTUS decision reinforces years of legal precedent that tribes and tribal citizens have a sovereign right to self-determination and preservation of our cultural identities.

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