Native American Families Are Being Broken Up in Spite of a Law Meant to Keep Children With Their Parents

After fighting to win back her parental rights, a young Native American mother prevailed. Then the state came for her second child.

by Jessica Lussenhop and Agnel Philip, photography by Jaida Grey Eagle for ProPublicaJune 15, 6 a.m. EDT

Co-published with Argus Leader and High Country NewsSeries:Overpolicing ParentsHow America’s CPS Dragnet Ensnares Families

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Update, June 15, 2023: On Thursday morning, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 7-2 in favor of upholding the Indian Child Welfare Act. Justice Amy Coney Barrett wrote for the majority that the case was about “children who are among the most vulnerable” and that “we reject all of petitioners’ challenges to the statute, some on the merits and others for lack of standing.”

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