Indian Child Welfare Act On Appeal At Fifth Circuit Court Of Appeals

Jan 22, 2020

A full panel of judges in the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals will decide if the Indian Child Welfare Act is based on race or politics.

The court heard oral arguments on Wednesday, Jan. 22, in New Orleans.

In 2018 a Texas lower court found the act known as ICWA to be unconstitutionally race-based. A three-judge panel overturned that finding, but not unanimously.

Now all of the appeals judges in the Fifth Circuit will consider the issue.

SDPB's Victoria Wicks has this report.

To hear audio of oral arguments in their entirety, click on this link: