January 16th, 2019

Meyers Supports Attorney General Defense of Indian Child Welfare Act

MADISON – Rep. Beth Meyers (D-Bayfield) applauds the actions of Attorney General Josh Kaul who joined a bipartisan coalition of 21 states in filing an amicus brief to defend the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA). The ICWA is an important federal law that prioritizes keeping children with tribal families.

“The Indian Child Welfare Act is absolutely essential when it comes to protecting tribal families and children,” said Rep. Meyers. “I was previously the Indian Child Welfare Director for the Red Cliff tribe. I’ve seen firsthand the importance of keeping children connected to their heritage and doing what’s best for families. Wisconsin is home to 11 federally recognized tribes, and I applaud the attorney general for his support of the ICWA.”

The Indian Child Welfare Act was first enacted in 1978. This federal law was meant to counteract the historical removal of Indian children from their birth families and separating them completely from their tribe. ICWA’s purpose is to “protect the best interests of Indian children and promote the stability and security of Indian tribes and families by the establishment of minimum Federal standards” to be utilized in child welfare proceedings involving Native American children.