State Representative Jaime Becker Finn anticipates the Indian Child Welfare Act will become law in Minnesota.
She says the bill in the state was designed after uncertainty with the Supreme Court and a possible decision to repeal all or part of the 1970s law that requires indigenous children be placed with indigenous families.
Becker Finn, a Leech Lake Nation descendant, emphasized ICWA is a good law to right the wrongs of older government policies, such as residential boarding schools and foster care outside of Indigenous communities.
The full interview with Becker Finn is available below:
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