Making Contact

The Fight Over the Indian Child Welfare Act Is Not Just A Custody Battle (ENCORE) – Making Contact – June 9, 2023

It’s a lesser-known case in the docket for the Supreme Court, but if The Indian Child Welfare Act is overturned, it could have massive implications for the laws that govern Indigenous sovereignty in the United States. We talk with author and activist Rebecca Nagle about the case of Baby O and the Librettis and how their story led to Halaand v. Brakeen. But, we also investigate the money and interests behind the lawsuit. There’s a lot at stake. Maybe even the very nature of tribal laws, which were enshrined in the constitution itself. Though there are real Native children at the heart of the lawsuit, the overturning of ICWA is not just a custody battle.


Covering the movements, issues and people fighting for some of the most important social justice issues of our time. Hosted by Amy Gastelum, Salima Hamirani, Anita Jonhson, and Lucy Kang. Sign up for program alerts and sneak peeks from Making Contact at: