National Indian Child Welfare Association

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The National Indian Child Welfare Association (NICWA) is a Portland, Oregon membership-based private organisation geared towards promoting "child welfare" measures in the American Indian population.

"The National Indian Child Welfare Association (NICWA) works to address the issues of child abuse and neglect through training, research, public policy, and grassroots community development. NICWA also works to support compliance with the Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978 (ICWA), which seeks to keep American Indian children with American Indian families."


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It is hard to determine exactly what agenda NICWA pursues without further research and discussion with American-Indian people who are independent of the organisation. Some of the literature on the website does appear to have Assimilationist/Pro-state undertones:

"NICWA improves the lives of American Indian children and families by helping tribes and other service providers implement services that are culturally competent, community-based, and focused on the strengths and assets of families. This work includes collaborating with tribal and urban Indian child welfare programs to increase their service capacity, enhancing tribal-state relationships, and providing training, technical assistance, information services and alliance building."

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