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Member Education Sessions: Protecting ICWA

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The passage of the Indian Child Welfare Act in 1978 was the result of a movement of Native people and their allies to repudiate a destructive system that stole our children and broke apart our families, all in an attempt to dismantle our cultures. Decades later, the highest court in the land recognized what our ancestors fought for and drew a line in the sand about our ability to protect our children and families. As with the original passage, the decision in Haaland v. Brackeen was made possible because our people were organized. Our broadcast begins with a fireside chat between Native Americans in Philanthropy CEO, Erik Stegman (Carry the Kettle First Nations – Nakoda), and Dr. Sarah Kastelic (Alutiiq), Executive Director of the National Indian Child Welfare Association. They are then followed by a panel discussion with moderator, Brittany Schulman (Waccamaw Siouan), when Dr. Kastelic is joined by Indian Child Welfare champions, Erin Dougherty Lynch, Aurene Martin (Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa), and Dr. Joannie Suina (Pueblo of Cochiti) for a discussion on the historic reaffirmation of ICWA, what’s next, and how philanthropy can support the sustainability of this vital work.

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About Our Speakers


Dr. Sarah Kastelic (Alutiiq) (she/her)

Executive Director, National Indian Child Welfare Assoc.

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Erin Dougherty Lynch (she/her)

Managing Attorney & Staff Attorney, Native American Rights Fund

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Aurene Martin (Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa) (she/her)

President, Spirit Rock Consulting

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Dr. Joannie Suina (Pueblo of Cochiti) (she/her)

Development Officer, National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition

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Brittany Schulman (Waccamaw Siouan) (she/her)

Senior Vice President of Programs, Native Americans in Philanthropy

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