The challenges of enforcing the Indian Child Welfare Act


November 2, 2023

A non-Native woman in Alaska refuses to abide by a tribal court order to turn an Alaska Native foster child over to the girl’s family members.

It’s a blatant disregard of tribal sovereignty even after a notable re-affirmation of the Indian Child Welfare Act by the U.S. Supreme Court. The woman took custody of the child, named Chanel, at the request of the girl’s father — right before he was convicted of murdering Chanel’s mother during a domestic dispute.

Native America Calling takes a look at the case, as well as ongoing efforts to bolster compliance with the Indian Child Welfare Act.


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