NICWA 40 Years of the Indian Child Welfare Act

In honor of the anniversary of the passage of ICWA, Terry Cross, founder and senior advisor of NICWA, sheds light on the implementation of ICWA, its values, and the needs of children and families moving forward.


Amory Zschach, NICWA’s new strategic communications manager, asks Terry these questions:

  • What is one of your most memorable stories about the early implementation of ICWA?
  • In what ways is ICWA fundamentally about Native culture?
  • After 40 years, what are some of the major successes of IC