A federal law that gives tribes a voice in custody proceedings involving
Native American children has been a “bright light” to many tribal
Mike Andrews told news station KFOR in Oklahoma City as the U.S. Supreme Court considers
arguments over whether the law should be struck down.
On Nov. 9, 2022, the Supreme Court heard arguments in several cases
challenging the constitutionality of the Indian Child Welfare Act. Andrews,
a McGuireWoods partner and a senior vice president with McGuireWoods
Consulting, told KFOR
in a Nov. 9 story that the ICWA has helped prioritize protections for Native American
children who are put up for adoption. Prior to the ICWA’s passage, such
children typically wound up removed from their communities and culture.
“Congress acted as a preventative measure and said, ‘No, the Native
communities are better served to take care of Native kids,’ ” Andrews said.
“It’s working and it’s been a bright light to many communities to develop
and enhance their tribal community. If the law is struck down, then you’re
going to see a little bit more divisiveness for these children and it’ll be
up to the state, perhaps, to determine what will be the best interest for
Andrews leads McGuireWoods Consulting’s policy work on matters impacting
Native American tribes. He is former chief counsel to the Senate Committee
on Indian Affairs and has over 20 years of experience in federal Indian