The Guardian: For decades, welfare laws kept Native American families together. Will the supreme court end them?

This month, the US supreme court will consider the future of families like Kimora and Malisha’s. On 9 November, the court will hear oral arguments in Haaland v Brackeen, a case challenging the constitutionality of the Indian Child Welfare Act. Designed to keep Native American children in their communities during custody, foster care and adoption proceedings, ICWA was passed in 1978 in response to the mass separations of families that had been customary since the 19th century.

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