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The Supreme Court is about to decide on a case arguing that the Indian Child Welfare Act, or ICWA, discriminates against white people. The lawsuit seeks to reframe tribal membership as a racial rather than a political category, and argues that it disadvantages white foster parents trying to adopt Native children.
This week, Rebecca Nagle, host of the This Land podcast, explains how this decision could reverse centuries of U.S. law and precedent protecting the rights of Indigenous nations.
“It’s sinister…but when you understand history, using the children of Native nations to attack tribal sovereignty is sadly something the U.S. has been doing for generations.”
Brian Jarboe engineered this episode.