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Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel Responds to US Supreme Court’s decision in Haaland v. Brackeen
June 16, 2023
LANSING – In response to the Unites States Supreme Court’s decision on Haaland v. Brackeen, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel issued the following statement:
“I am pleased with yesterday’s decision by the United States Supreme Court to preserve the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) in Haaland v. Brackeen. ICWA is a landmark protection for Indian children, families and tribes, and recognizes that preserving tribal families and communities is inherently connected to tribal sovereignty. I appreciate and applaud the Michigan tribes’ leadership and advocacy in supporting ICWA before the Supreme Court.
I remain committed to working closely with Governor Gretchen Whitmer and Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Director Elizabeth Hertel to support Indian tribes and implement ICWA, as well as the Michigan Indian Family Preservation Act.”
Prior to yesterday's decision, AG Nessel joined bipartisan coalitions in support of upholding the critical protections guaranteed under ICWA, and has urged the Supreme Court to reject the challenge presented in Haaland v. Brackeen.