After Brackeen: Outcomes and Implications of the Supreme Court's Decision Upholding the Indian Child Welfare Act


Sep. 20, 2023, 10am to 12pm

Office/Remote Location

Room 203 and also online via Zoom


In June, the Supreme Court issued its long-awaited decision in Brackeen v. Haaland upholding the federal Indian Child Welfare Act. Enacted in 1978, the ICWA affirms tribal jurisdiction over state child welfare matters and sets uniform standards for child welfare cases involving Indian children. As the Court recognized, the law was a necessary and largely successful action by Congress to reverse decades of federal and state campaigns to remove Native children from their homes and sever ties between tribes and their children. The Court rejected several challenges to the law that, if accepted, would have had devastating consequences for children, families, and tribal sovereignty. 

Brackeen was a major victory for tribes and Native children. The majority opinion by Justice Barrett, and concurring arguments by Justice Gorsuch, addressed questions about Congressional power over Indian affairs, tribal sovereignty, and equal protection. As a follow up to our November 2022 webinar, which explored the various arguments and the impact of a potential decision on tribal courts and jurisdiction, this webinar will bring together experts in the field to explain the decision, its practical and jurisprudential significance, and what it portends for future cases involving the ICWA and tribal sovereignty.

Featured Panelists



Admission Information

This event is open and free to all UNLV students, faculty and staff. Please register to attend.

Contact Information

Boyd School of Law's Indian Nations Gaming and Governance Program
Danielle Finn

External Sponsor

The William S. Boyd School of Law at UNLV Indian Nations Gaming & Governance Program is made possible by the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians.


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