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Respecting Culture

line The Coalition for the Protection of Indian Children and Families is represented by Native Americans and non-Native Americans. We come together as one people to advocate for the rights and best interest of children. Our efforts are not to disparage Indian heritage – as a group and individually we respect all cultures that make up the very fabric of our society.

Chief Joseph of the Nez Perse tribe. Painting by Frank A. Rinehart at Etherton Gallery.

We agree with the sentiments of the words of Chief Joseph of the Nez Perce tribe.

“Treat all men alike. Give them the same laws. Give them all an even chance to live and grow. All men were made by the same Great Spirit Chief. They are all brothers. The earth is the mother of all people, and all people should have equal rights upon it.”

Our goal is that amendments to the Indian Child Welfare Act will help ensure children of Indian heritage, many of whom are multiracial children, gain greater access to permanent, loving homes regardless of their race, heritage, creed or national origin. We have come together as Native and non-Native people to ensure the pain and suffering created in many cases involving the Indian Child Welfare Act is acknowledged by our government and addressed accordingly.

Together, we can protect Indian heritage while at the same time opening doors to happier, healthier lives for children of Indian heritage and their families – families that represent children, siblings, foster parents, birth parents, adoptive parents, extended family members and friends.