Senate passes Resolution commemorating Indian Child Welfare Act 40th Anniversary

S. Res. 707 will now go to the House of Representatives for consideration

News Release

United States Senate Committee on Indian Affairs

Senators John Hoeven (R-ND), chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, and Tom Udall (D-NM), Vice Chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, announced that the Senate passed S. Res. 707, a resolution commemorating the 40th Anniversary of the Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978.

“The Indian Child Welfare Act is a landmark piece of legislation which upholds the principle of Tribal sovereignty and respects government to government relationships between the Federal government and Tribes,” said Hoeven.

“Native American children, like all children, thrive when they are able to grow up with the support of their families, communities, and cultures,” said Udall. “Congress enacted the Indian Child Welfare Act in 1978 to ensure that best practices in child custody for Native communities are in place, keeping families together and kids healthy and safe. Now, 40 years after its passage, I’m proud to have worked with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to pass this resolution and mark the important impact that this law has had on generations of Native kids.”

S. Res. 707

  • Commemorates the 40th anniversary of the enactment of the Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978.
  • Reaffirms that the Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978
  1. Protects the best interests of Indian children.
  2. Promotes the stability and security of Indian Tribes and families.
  3. Respects the sovereign authority of both the States and Indian Tribes.
  • Calls on the Federal Government to continue working with Indian Tribes and States to fully uphold and implement the Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978

S. Res. 707 was introduced by Senator Tom Udall (D-NM), Vice Chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, on November 27, 2018. The Resolution will now go to the House of Representatives for consideration.

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