Government Affairs and Advocacy
April 2015: Latest NICWA Policy Update
April 2015: Testimony at Child Abuse Fatalities Hearing
April 2015: Comments on ICWA Compliance Data in AFCARS
March 2015: A major development in tribal child welfare policy was announced on February 25, 2015. The Bureau of Indian Affairs announced that it had revised--effective immediately—the Guidelines for State Courts and Agencies in Indian Child Custody Proceedings for the first time since 1979. Listen to an amazing webinar explaining the new guidelines.
February 2015: Child and Family Policy Update
January 2015: FY 2016 NCAI Budget Testimony
December 2014: Child and Family Policy Update
NICWA government affairs and advocacy activities are designed to provide advocates with the opportunity, skills, and information needed to improve policies and increase funding for services for American Indian and Alaskan Native children and their families.
We inform advocates and policymakers, facilitate public discussion of the needs of American Indian and Alaska Native Children and bring together diverse people and institutions to develop the necessary policy solutions. Most recently we have been working to support changes in the federal child welfare funding system to give tribal governments more secure access to federal child welfare programs and make these programs respond better to the needs of tribal communities.
Legislative bills pending in Congress that have implications for Indian children.
Laws pertaining to Indian children, such as the Indian Child Welfare Act.
Regulations or guidance from federal agencies regarding implementation of specific federal laws or programs.
The values that guide our work include respect for tribal sovereignty and self-determination, promoting child-centered and family-focused solutions, advocating for social justice and equal access to resources, and honoring cultural and traditional practices. We do this work in partnership with American Indian and Alaskan Native communities, tribal leaders, tribal human service agencies, urban Indian programs, mainstream child advocacy groups, foundations and state and federal agencies.