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June 16, 2023

Statement of ABA President Deborah Enix-Ross Re: U.S. Supreme Court decision in Haaland v. Brackeen

WASHINGTON, June 16, 2023 — The American Bar Association applauds the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on Thursday that agrees with the association’s amicus brief in favor of upholding the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA). As the amicus brief argued, the ICWA is carefully designed to protect Indian children and parents from discrimination and to ensure they have the same rights and legal protections to family integrity as other children and parents. It is reassuring that the Supreme Court concluded the act is consistent with Congress’s authority under its constitutional Indian affairs powers.

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