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September 18, 2023

SLG Indian Child Welfare Act: The Paths Ahead

Indian Country is currently waiting for a potential landmark decision in Brackeen v. Haaland and the outcome may have monumental impacts on the state child welfare practice involving native families. There is all the more reason for tribes to focus on building tribal infrastructure and capacity to ensure these cases are adjudicated in tribal courts. The panel will focus on exploring potential outcomes, (or, if the decision is released, the actual outcomes) of the case, what tribes can do to strengthen their nations’ relationship to these cases, and what advocates can do to change the discriminatory biases behind this statutory gold standard.


  • Amy Wesaw, Senior Staff Attorney, Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi, Fulton, MI


  • Robert Saunooke, Saunooke Law Firm PA, Cherokee, NC
  • Jennifer Weddle, Shareholder, co-chair American Indian Law Practice Group, Greenberg Traurig, LLP, Denver, CO