Group to Protest Goldwater Institute's Anti-ICWA Suit in Phoenix
On Friday, September 23, 2016, a group of Native Americans will be protesting at the Goldwater Institute in Phoenix, Arizona, in response to that organization's legal challenge to the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA). Event organizers, known as Defend ICWA, say the protest will fall on the third anniversary of the surrender of Baby Veronica to her adoptive parents, a case that made global headlines after the Cherokee girl's biological father fought to maintain custody in a protracted legal battle that went to the U.S. Supreme Court. The protest is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m., across the street from the Goldwater offices in Phoenix.
In July 2015, the institute filed A.D. v. Roberts in federal court, challenging the constitutionality of the 38-year-old statute designed to protect Native children, families and communities from dissolution. The Goldwater case, as it has become known, seeks to overturn ICWA based on the contention that ICWA is “race-based.”