Monday, September 13, 2021

Morongo Band of Mission Indians Petitions Supreme Court to Uphold Indian Child Welfare Act

While other tribes like Pala and Pechanga deny their children their heritage through disenrollment,  the Morongo Band of Mission Indians and four other tribes from across the nation have joined the federal government in petitioning the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold a law that gives adoption preference for American Indian children in state foster care to American Indian families.

In a petition filed Sept. 3, the tribes are essentially requesting that the high court leave intact the Indian Child Welfare Act, a law enacted in 1978 amid a trend that saw an “alarmingly high percentage” of American Indian children separated from their families by nontribal public and private agencies.

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland, who is of American Indian descent, also has petitioned the Supreme Court to uphold the law, while the state of Texas, on behalf of Chad and Jennifer Brackeen, have petitioned the high court to repeal the law, claiming it is unconstitutional.


ICWA has withstood legal challenges for more than 40 years, but in the past four years federal judges have been divided on its constitutionality.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The Morongo tribe has always done good for its people.Not like San Pasqual who are carless with it's management and pathetic thievery and especially Maya the lady who works a the Rincon clinic who claims to withhold the child Indian act she's full of bull crappy lier and pathetic waste of funding..