Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals Issues En Banc Decision in Brackeen v. Haaland (formerly Brackeen v. Bernhardt)

Today, the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals published its en banc decision in Brackeen v. Haaland, a case challenging the constitutionality of the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA). While the Protect ICWA Campaign is pleased to see that the court recognized that ICWA generally is within Congress’s authority, we are deeply concerned that aspects of this opinion misunderstand the unique relationship between the United States and tribal nations.

NICWA Celebrates April as National Child Abuse Prevention Month

The National Indian Child Welfare Association (NICWA) recognizes April as National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Since our establishment in 1983, the month of April has been central in our work to build the capacity of American Indian and Alaska Native tribes and communities to prevent child maltreatment.

Re-Introduction of Native American Child Protection Act

Re-Introduction of Native American Child Protection Act

American Indian and Alaska Native children and their families who experience child maltreatment or family violence often have few opportunities to find accessible, culturally-appropriate services to help them address the trauma from these events. Furthermore,...

Re-Introduction of Native American Child Protection Act

2021 Policy Priorities

Each year the National Indian Child Welfare Association (NICWA) identifies policy priorities that will guide our efforts and focus our resources during the calendar year. These annual priorities are developed through input from our board, staff, and tribal...

New Resource to Support Families Encountering the Child Welfare System

A new resource from the National Indian Child Welfare Association (NICWA) includes timely information for families encountering the child welfare system with guidance including what to do if a parent is reported for abuse or neglect or if their child is removed from their home. This resource is made possible with generous support from the Spirit Mountain Community Fund.

NICWA and the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians Partner to Support and Promote the Unique Needs of Native Children and their Families

The National Indian Child Welfare Association (NICWA) has received a generous $300,000 grant from the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, a federally recognized American Indian tribe located near the city of Highland, California, to provide resources to Native families across the nation that encounter the child welfare system. These resources include print public service announcements, podcasts, webinars, and social media campaigns.

Re-Introduction of Native American Child Protection Act

January 2021 Child and Family Policy Update

January 2021 Child and Family Policy Update Congress Approves Omnibus Bill with Funding for Federal Government Programs and COVID-19 Relief Biden Administration Sets Sights on Executive Orders and Regulations Issued by Trump Administration New Congress Contains New...

NICWA News | Winter 2021

NICWA News | Winter 2021

Read the newest edition of our quarterly newsletter, NICWA News. Click here to read the Winter issue alongside past NICWA News issues. Click the bottom hand corner icon to read in full screen. Click here for a PDF version. For print requests or additional copies,...