The outcry of support for ICWA, Tribal sovereignty, and the intervening Tribes involved in this case brought relatives together from across Turtle Island. Hundreds gathered together in prayer, song, and medicine for the conversation about to take place inside the doors of the Supreme Court on Wednesday, November 9.
“These historic wins show that many believe in the foundation and leadership of Indigenous people, particularly Indigenous women. Over the next few years, the fierceness of our communities will come to the forefront of important battles for our collective rights."
“We have to center rights and community wellbeing if we are really going to develop the holistic solutions and approaches that are necessary to truly enable effective action for a just transition for people and the planet.”
“The Indigenous Peoples Pavilion provides space and resources for Indigenous relatives from across the globe to share knowledge and strategize around getting real solutions in front of decision makers who can – and must – take bold action to save our shared planet.”
Brackeen v. Haaland (2021) is a case whose ruling could shake the entire foundation of the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA), impacting Native American children, families, land and Tribal sovereignty as we know it.
“The aspirations of our people, and our movement is amplified and made visible by artists and creatives, we have a lot to say and they speak through their expression – which can come in the form of a painting, a song, a poem, or a performance."
“NDN Collective is working to shift power dynamics that exist within the COP which have historically silenced the voices of Indigenous Peoples. Our efforts at COP are part of our overall effort to decolonize spaces and transform systems to center the needs and rights of Indigenous and frontline communities.”