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Texas case could change adoption rules for Native American children, and undercut tribal rights

The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments Wednesday in a lawsuit challenging the preferences Native American families and tribes are given under the Indian Child Welfare Act.

Organizers and activists rally as the Supreme Court hears a case that challenges the legality of the Indian Child Welfare Act on Nov. 9, 2022.
The Supreme Court of the United States, Washington, DC - Organizers and activists rally as Supreme Court hears a case that challenges the legality of the Indian Child Welfare Act, which prioritizes the placement of Native American children in foster care or adoption with relatives, other tribal members, or in other Native homes on Wednesday, November 9, 2022.

History of forced removals

The Supreme Court of the United States, Washington, DC - Organizers and activists rally as Supreme Court hears a case that challenges the legality of the Indian Child Welfare Act, which prioritizes the placement of Native American children in foster care or adoption with relatives, other tribal members, or in other Native homes on Wednesday, November 9, 2022.
The Supreme Court of the United States, Washington, DC - Organizers and activists rally as Supreme Court hears a case that challenges the legality of the Indian Child Welfare Act, which prioritizes the placement of Native American children in foster care or adoption with relatives, other tribal members, or in other Native homes on Wednesday, November 9, 2022.

The “gold standard”

The Supreme Court of the United States, Washington, DC - Organizers and activists rally as Supreme Court hears a case that challenges the legality of the Indian Child Welfare Act, which prioritizes the placement of Native American children in foster care or adoption with relatives, other tribal members, or in other Native homes on Wednesday, November 9, 2022.

Potential for widespread consequences


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