It all comes down to ‘home’
, 2023-03-16 06:33:11,
When Turtle Island (now known as North America) was colonized, children were taken from their families and placed in boarding schools. Their hair was cut short, their languages banned, and they were forced to assimilate to a religion unfamiliar to them.
ICWA (Indian Child Welfare Act) is a federal law enacted in 1978 that guarantees the ability of tribes to protect Native American children in state courts. They ensure this by keeping Native American families together or helping them find the best way forward as the tribe sees fit.
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There is a long history of the government telling the indigenous people of Turtle Island (now known as North America) what was best for their children. So how different is the threat of an ICWA overturn when compared to the boarding school era?
Colonialism taught us all to view the world through the lens of white dominant culture, leaving us to fight for our sovereignty as people of color and First Nations people. The ICWA is not being questioned by the indigenous people of this area we now call “America”, but rather it is being brought in by non-native families. These families have fought for custody of the Native American children, won custody hearings, and are now the legal guardians of the Native American children. So I ask these families why? Why fight to bring ICWA down when in fact the law hasn’t taken one from you?
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