More uniform and improved implementation of the Indian Child Welfare Act across Southwestern states would promote tribal survival and positively impact Native American children. By following the example of the statesBI2012-NativeAmericanChildWelfare that have already begun this process, we can ensure that Native American children are not taken away from their families and tribes and that Native American children are given the same opportunities and services in all Southwestern states.

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