ICWA Puts Tribes' Interests Ahead of Children's


On November 26, 2013, a Spirit Lake Indian reservation woman was sentenced to 30 years in prison for throwing her step-grandaughter down an embankment and killing her. Lauryn Whiteshield and her sister had been removed from a non-Indian foster family and placed with her grandfather and his wife, despite her long history of child neglect.

That’s because the Spirit Lake Sioux Tribe had invoked their powers under the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) to place the children on the reservation.



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