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The Indian Child Welfare Act is Under Attack

The Indian Child Welfare Act is Under Attack

            Texas Attorney-General Ken Paxton published an opinion piece in the Washington Post last week, laying out his arguments against the 1978 Indian Child Welfare Act.  In Brackeen v. Zinke, a federal district court in Texas found the ICWA unconstitutional.  Paxton intervened in the case, and hopes that the Fifth Circuit will uphold the district court’s ruling.The case could eventually arrive at the Supreme Court, where the fortified conservative majority there is likely to find Paxton’s arguments persuasive.  They have…

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The Indian Child Welfare Act Under Attack Again

The Indian Child Welfare Act Under Attack Again

Over at Turtle Talk, you can read the federal court decision coming out of the northern district of Texas in the case of Brackeen v. Zinke.  Judge Reed O’Connor has held that the Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978 is unconstitutional because it grants to Native American children special treatment on the basis of their race. The Brackeen’s provided foster care for a Native American child, but they were prohibited from adoption because of the ICWA.  You can read Judge…

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This Week’s Current Events Roundup

This Week’s Current Events Roundup

Native America focuses on a number of communities in order to tell the story of Native American people in what became the continental United States.  In the past few days, news stories have appeared connected to the tribes and nations we focus upon in the book that you might want to share with your students. According to the Newport News Daily Press, the Pamunkeys of Virginia, one of the constituent nations that belonged to the Powhatan Paramount Chiefdom, are looking…

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