Press Releases

If you are a member of the media and wish to speak to a representative of the National Indian Child Welfare Association, please email media@nicwa.org or call the NICWA office at 503-222-4044.

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.

Seminole Tribe of Florida Provides Host Sponsorship of NICWA Conference

The National Indian Child Welfare Association (NICWA) received a $25,000 host sponsor-ship from the Seminole Tribe of Florida for this year’s 39th Annual Protecting Our Children Conference, to be held virtually for the second year in a row, with over 1,400 attendees expected.

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.

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.

Press Releases