Wednesday, October 19, 2022from 7:00-8:00 pm CT For over 40 years, the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) has protected American Indian and Alaska Native kids by keeping them in the care of extended family or tribes whenever possible. On November 9, a small group of opponents in Haaland v. Brackeen will argue in front of the Supreme Court that those protections should be taken away. If opponents succeed in dismantling ICWA, they will have also cleared the way for a larger attack on Native families, Native land, and tribal sovereignty.
The Network of Politicized Adoptees (NPA) is hosting a virtual rally in conjunction with ProtectICWA organizers on October 19, 2022 from 7:00-8:00 pm CT to raise awareness about the upcoming Supreme Court hearing on November 9 that threatens to overturn the Indigenous Child Welfare Act (ICWA) and the protections it provides Native and Indigenous children. We want to gather community members around this important issue and activate us to take action collectively.
This virtual rally will be on Zoom and will include:
a national spokesperson from the National Indian Child Welfare Association (NICWA) to provide us more details on the upcoming case,
ProtectICWA organizers to share what we as individuals can do to support organizing efforts, and
we’ll hear briefly from Dr. Kim Park Nelson who will speak to the history and connections we have as transracial adoptees to ICWA.
At NPA, we have made a commitment to making all of our public facing events accessible in ASL, including this event, and will have ASL interpreters at this event. Closed captions will also be available.
Thank you to our co-sponsors! AdopteeBridge, AdopteeHub, Adoptees for Justice, AK Connection, Families with Children from China (FCCNY), MidWest Mixed, National Korean American Service & Education Consortium (NAKASEC), and Sisters of China.
Who should attend? This is a FREE public event and open to everyone! We will be centering adoptees in our programming but non-adoptees are more than welcome. Our aim is to do our part to reach as many folks as possible about the upcoming Supreme Court case so please help us spread the word.