November 7, 2019
Today, the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit granted rehearing en banc in the case Brackeen v. Bernhardt. The Protect ICWA Campaign, consisting of the National Indian Child Welfare Association, the National Congress of American Indians, the Association on American Indian Affairs, and the Native American Rights Fund, issued the following statement in response:
October 8, 2019
The National Congress of American Indians (NCAI), the largest and most representative American Indian and Alaska Native organization in the country, applauds today’s vote by the Washington, D.C. City Council to celebrate Monday, October 14, 2019 as Indigenous Peoples’ Day in the Nation’s Capital, replacing Columbus Day.
August 9, 2019
Today, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals published its decision in Brackeen v. Bernhardt, the federal court challenge to the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA). The court’s decision affirmed the constitutionality of ICWA, recognizing the unique political status of tribal nations and upholding the federal law that is so critical to safeguarding Indian child welfare. It is a resounding victory for the law and those who fought to protect it.
August 7, 2019
Dangerous flooding and severe storms in the Midwest have devastated tribal nations across the region. This disaster has destroyed local roads, tribal buildings, and critical infrastructure. Tribal nations are working hard to address the needs of their citizens and repair damages, but they need your assistance. If you would like to send monetary donations, supplies, or any other assistance, please reach out to the tribal contacts listed below.
June 20, 2019
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December 12, 2018
Today, in a 369-47 vote, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the 2018 Farm Bill, which includes a historic number of tribal provisions.
December 4, 2018
Joint Statement on the Fifth Circuit Granting the Motion to Stay the District Court’s Decision on the Indian Child Welfare Act—The Gold Standard Remains Applicable in All 50 States
Statement from the National Indian Child Welfare Association (NICWA), the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI), Native American Rights Fund (NARF), and the Association on American Indian Affairs (AAIA) about the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) judgment stay pending appeal
December 3, 2018
Joint Statement on the United States Department of Justice’s Decision to Defend the Indian Child Welfare Act
Joint statement on U.S. Department of Justice's decision to defend the Indian Child Welfare Act.
November 19, 2018
National Native Organizations NCAI and AAIA File Brief Opposing President Trump’s Attempt to Decimate Bears Ears National Monument
NCAI and AAIA Highlight the Dangers that President Trump’s Action Poses to Landmarks, Structures, and Objects of Cultural, Historic, and Religious Significance to All of Indian Country
November 12, 2018
A Veterans Day message from NCAI President Jefferson Keel
October 16, 2018
National Congress of American Indians and Native American Rights Fund Oppose the Nomination of Eric Miller to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
Today, the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) Executive Committee adopted an emergency resolution opposing the nomination of Eric Miller to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. NCAI and the Native American Rights Fund (NARF) had previously sent a joint letter to the Chair and Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee expressing their grave concerns about Mr. Miller’s nomination.
October 8, 2018
(Portland, OR, October 8, 2018)—In a decision published by the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas, the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) was declared unconstitutional, jeopardizing the landmark legislation protecting tribal children.