For the first time since 1979, the Bureau of Indian Affairs has updated its Guidelines for State Courts in Indian Child Custody Proceedings. While not binding legal precedent, this document provides guidance in interpreting the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA). The original 1979 version has been relied upon heavily by the courts. Linked below is a press release from the BIA, the updated Guidelines, and the original 1979 version of the Guidelines.
- 2015.02.24 Press Release Accompanying New ICWA Guidelines
- 2015 Revised BIA ICWA Guidelines_Part1
- 2015 Revised BIA ICWA Guidelines_Part2
- 1979 BIA ICWA Guidelines