For 44 years, ICWA has helped keep American Indian and Alaska Native children in the care of extended family or Tribes whenever possible, but it is now being challenged. “ICWA is one of the few U.S. policies in place that offers direct healing from the ravages of the boarding schools and its legacy impact on Native children and Tribal communities. It must remain strong to provide the only opportunity many Native children will have to cultivate and retain ties to Tribal community and to cultivate Native culture and identity,” said NIHB CEO Stacy A. Bohlen (Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians).
NIHB has been a strong supporter of ICWA with a resolution and efforts on capitol hill. NIHB Chairman Chief William Smith (Valdez Native Tribe) stated, “Without ICWA, we as a nation surrender to the centuries-long U.S. policy of cultural and language erasure targeting Native children.”
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