With ICWA under threat, supporters gather

With ICWA under threat, supporters gather


Tawny Jodie, 19, has fond memories of running around outside in the rain with her cousins and hoping it would stop soon so they could make mud pies to throw at each other in jest.

Memories Jodie believes she wouldn’t have had if the Indian Child Welfare Act didn’t exist.

Jodie’s adoption was planned before she was born and her adoptive parents had to wait 10 days before they could take her home per adoption laws.

“My mom and dad picked me up and my mom brought me back on her birthday when I was three weeks old,” Jodie said with a smile. She is incredibly grateful for her parents.

If it weren’t for ICWA, which states that whenever possible, a Native American child should be placed in a Native American home, “I wouldn’t have been placed in such an amazing Native family,” Jodie said.

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About The Author

Pauly Denetclaw

Pauly Denetclaw is Meadow People born for Towering House People. She was raised in Manuelito and Naschitti, New Mexico. She was the co-recipient of the Native American Journalist Association's 2016 Richard LaCourse Award for Investigative Reporting. Denetclaw is currently finishing her degree in multimedia journalism from the University of New Mexico - Main. Denetclaw covers a range of topics including genetic research, education, health, social justice issues and small businesses. She loves coffee, writing and being with her family. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram. Her handle is @pdineclah