Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) cosponsored a resolution to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) of 1978. Prior to the passage of the ICWA, studies had shown that a significant number of Native American children were being separated from their families by state child welfare and adoption agencies. Since its enactment, the rate has been reduced from 85 percent to 56 percent.
“The ICWA was enacted to address the staggering and disproportionate number of Native American children being removed from their families and communities, even when they can be placed in the care of their own relatives. It has put necessary safeguards in place against systemic abuses that target Native Americans, ensuring that the best interests of Native American children are protected. This resolution recognizes the historical trauma that Native Americans have endured for generations, acknowledges the progress we continue to make to strengthen and protect Tribal communities, and honors the sacred trust relationship.”
Text of the resolution can be found HERE.