Community members are invited to a presentation about the Indian Child Welfare Act on Tuesday, Feb. 26.
Sarah Augustine, executive director of The Dispute Resolution Center, will speak at the event organized by the League of Women Voters Yakima County. She is a Yakima Valley activist and educator in the indigenous and minority communities. She’s also the founder of the Suriname Indigenous Health Fund.
The Indian Child Welfare Act was created to strengthen the rights of Native American families and stipulates that where children are removed from their families, they must be placed with relatives, tribal members, or members of another tribe, according to a news release from the League.
The act was struck down by a federal court in Texas in October 2018. The decision is heading to appeal in the 5th District, and if the decision is upheld it likely will go on to the Supreme Court.
The event starts at 5:30 p.m. and is sponsored by the League. It will take place at Wesley United Methodist Church, 14 N. 48th Avenue, at the corner of 48th and Chestnut, in Yakima.