The MN Indian Family Preservation Act Passes
On Thursday, March 9, House members voted 128-0 to pass HF1071/SF667, the Indian Family Preservation Act. It had passed the Senate 66-1 on February 27. The bill now heads to Gov. Tim Walz. (Update: Gov. Walz signed the bill on March 16. See this tweet from Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan.)
This legislation ensures that a Native child’s family and tribe must be involved in adoption or foster placement decisions. This strengthened state-level act is critical because a case currently before the U.S. Supreme Court (Brackeen v. Haaland) could strike down the federal 1978 Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA), which protects Native children on a federal level.
Indigenous community members, faith leaders, and allies gathered in the galleries of the House Chamber to watch the powerful floor debate and vote.