Important information/message shared by the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) regarding the Indian Child Welfare Act:
On April 16, the U.S.
Supreme Court will hear the case Adoptive
Couple v. Baby Girl, a South Carolina adoption case involving
the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) that has received much national
attention. The case challenges the applicability of ICWA and also
implicates fundamental federal Indian law principles.
The Tribal Supreme Court
Project partners – the Native American Rights Fund (NARF) and the National
Congress of American Indians (NCAI) – is working with the National
Indian Child Welfare Association (NICWA) to organize the legal response to
We need your help and ask you to contact your State Attorney General
A significant factor
influencing the outcome in many Supreme Court cases are supporting amicus
briefs filed by State Attorneys General. In this case, states have
an interest in ensuring that states and tribes continue to work
well together on child welfare matters. A large demonstration of
support from State Attorneys General could prove extremely influential in the
final decision of the nine Supreme Court Justices.
So far 11 states
have joined with Arizona in supporting ICWA before the Supreme Court:
Alaska, Colorado, Idaho, Maine, Mississippi, Montana, New Mexico, North
Dakota, Oregon, Washington, and Wisconsin.
If your state is
not on this list, please take a moment to call your State Attorney
General right now and say, “Please support the
Arizona amicus brief regarding the ICWA Supreme Court case. The deadline is 8 a.m. EST,
Thursday, March 28.”
You should tell them that
the brief includes eight Republican Attorneys General and four Democrats
so far. Party affiliation does not matter. This is a bipartisan amicus
brief supporting the rights of American Indian families and tribal
governments in protecting Indian children.
Ask them to contact Dawn Williams (<a href="mailtoawn.Williams@azag.gov” target=”_blank”>Dawn.Williams@azag.gov)
from the Office of the Arizona Attorney General to sign on.
More information on
this case can be found at www.nicwa.org/BabyVeronica.
Smith, NICWA, Government Affairs Associate, email@example.com.