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Statement of Assistant Secretary Tara Mac Lean Sweeney on the Brackeen V. Zinke Decision

Media Contact: Nedra Darling, OPA-IA Phone: 202-219-4152
For Immediate Release: October 8, 2018

STATEMENT OF TARA MAC LEAN SWEENEY ASSISTANT SECRETARY – INDIAN AFFAIRS DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR ON THE BRACKEEN V. ZINKE DECISION

October 08, 2018

For nearly forty years, child advocacy organizations across the United States have considered the Indian Child Welfare Act to be the gold standard of child welfare policy. The Department of the Interior strongly opposes any diminishment of ICWA’s protections for Indian children, families, and tribes. 

The Department will continue to work with tribes and states to implement ICWA moving forward.  We reiterate our support for ICWA’s goals of ensuring the safety of Indian children, maintaining Indian families, and promoting tribal sovereignty.

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