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Indian Child Welfare Act goes to the Supreme Court

Indigenous women and girls stand in traditional clothing in the Utah State Capitol Building.
Steve Griffin
Deseret News
The Supreme Court challenged the Indian Child Welfare Act.

The Indian Child Welfare Act was enacted in 1978 to stop the forced removal of Native children from their families. This act was challenged in the Supreme Court last week in the case Haaland v. Brackeen, where several white families adopting Native children in Texas argued the law is unconstitutional because it uses race to decide where a Native child is placed.

The Native American Legislative Liaison Committee is working on draft legislation for Utah's upcoming legislative session, fighting to enact a state-specific version of the federal law. Optimism for this legislation passing is high, as earlier this year a bill boosted funding and resources for the Indian Child Welfare Act in Utah.

A long time lover of NPR and radio reporting, Clayre Scott joined UPR in August of 2021 as the producer of the weekly podcast UnDisciplined. She began reporting in 2022 and now enjoys telling stories through sound and getting weekly texts from her family after hearing her on the radio. Along with her work at UPR, Clayre is attending Utah State University to get her degree in Broadcast Journalism, with time on the side to study Political Science and Art History.