Just 45 years after it was passed, the US Supreme Court is evaluating whether or not to overturn the Indian Child Welfare Act. It’s not too late to act. Here’s what you need to know.
What is the Indian Child Welfare Act?
"Thousands of children went missing or died of sickness or abuse, never making it home."
ICWA is a law passed in 1978 that protects the rights of Indigenous children to grow up in their own communities. Throughout the greater part of the 19th & 20th centuries before the law was passed, it was completely legal and widely practiced for American governments to quietly steal Native children from their tribes and force them into Christian residential schools. This means most any Indigenous person in this part of the world has been affected or knows someone who’s been affected by residential schools.
These schools were assimilation grounds for Indigenous children to be converted into euro-centric ways of life. The practice of any traditional customs or languages was banned and Christianized codes of conduct were strictly enforced through unforgiving punishment. It was nearly impossible to escape. Thousands of children went missing or died of sickness or abuse, never making it home.
We at Sea Witch Botanicals support Indigenous sovereignty unequivocally and believe every child has the right to grow up in the knowledge and practice of their cultural heritage. We stand with ICWA.
So what is there to do?