Indian Child Welfare Act Panel to be Held at University of South Carolina School of Law
April 11, 2013
Victoria Middleton
Executive Director,

Dr. Marcia Zug
Professor, University of
South Carolina School of

Chief Bill Harris
Catawba Indian Nation
(803) 366-4792

Nicole Adams
National Indian Child
Welfare Association
O (503) 222-4044 ext. 133
C (503)754-0466

Columbia, SC—The South Carolina Commission for Minority Affairs is hosting a town-hall style
educational panel discussion on the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) at the University of South Carolina-School of Law’s Auditorium on Tuesday, April 16, 2013 from 10:00am until 12:30pm. Media are invited to attend starting at 10:00am. The event is free and open to the public.
Panelists will give testimonies regarding their personal experiences with the Act, explaining the need for the Act and its significance to Native American Indian people. Panelists include: Dr. Marcia Zug-USC Law School, Chief Bill Harris-Catawba Indian Nation, Ms. Susan Dunn-ACLU-SC, Ms. Linda Love-Catawba Indian Nation, Ms. Jacqueline Davis-Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe and others.
ICWA was enacted in 1978 by Congress in direct response to state adoption policies that were draining Indian tribes of their future citizens. The Act gives states guidance regarding adoption and custody issues of Federally Recognized Native American Indians allowing for Tribal and family intervention to keep children within their culture and communities when possible.

The Supreme Court will hear the case Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl on April 16, 2013 which involves a South Carolina couple seeking review of a South Carolina Supreme Court ruling in an attempt to force Dusten Brown, a member of the Cherokee Nation, to give his daughter Veronica up for adoption. Mr. Brown, who is now raising Veronica at their home in Oklahoma, has prevailed in every court that has considered this matter, including the South Carolina Family Court and the South Carolina Supreme Court.

The South Carolina Commission for Minority Affairs-Native American Affairs Initiative serves as the State’s official Native American Affairs agency working with Native American Indians to address issues of poverty and socio-economic deprivation through collaboration with government and private partners.

For more information about the event, please contact:
Marcy L. Hayden, Native American Affairs Coordinator, SC Commission for Minority Affairs
(803) 832-8169 or (803) 402-2336