Government Affairs and Advocacy
April 2017: Latest Policy Update
January 2017: Latest Policy Update
October 2016: Latest Policy Update
July 2016: Latest Policy Update
June 2016: NICWA, NARF Release Summary of ICWA Regs
June 2016: Federal Register Publishes ICWA Regs
September 2015: Native Children's Policy Agenda Released
September 2015: Setting the Record Straight About ICWA
September 2015: NICWA Submits Comments on Wyden Child Welfare Legislation
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.
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.
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.