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A Practical Guide to the Indian Child Welfare Act can be used online. Or, you can print the Guide from this web page. All files below are in PDF format.

Note: The Introduction, Frequently Asked Questions/Answers, and abbreviated appendices are available in the print edition, but the full appendices are only available in the online version. See the ICWA Guide Online for the full appendices.

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Preliminary pages
Topical chapter list

Topical Chapters:

1. Application
2. Jurisdiction
3. Who has rights under the Act
4. Notice
5. Intervention
6. Emergency removal
7. Transfer
8. Role of tribal courts
9. Recognition of tribal law
10. Tribal-state agreements
11. Foster care placement and removal
12. Active efforts requirement
13. Termination of parental rights
14. Expert witnesses
15. Access to records for tribal enrollment purposes
16. Placement
17. Voluntary proceedings
18. Adoption
19. Application of other federal laws
20. Enforcement of ICWA requirements
21. Application of standards higher than ICWA requirements
22. Resources
Appendix 1 - ICWA Legislative Historywith full text of House Report No. 95-1386
Appendix 2 - ICWA, 25 U.S.C. 1901 et seq. (2000)
Appendix 3 - Federal ICWA Regulations, 25 C.F.R. Part 23
Appendix 4 - Bureau of Indian Affairs Indian Child Welfare Act Guidelines
Appendix 5 - Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians v. Holyfield, 490 U.S. 30 (1989) court opinion
Appendix 6 - Flow Charts
Appendix 7 - Forms
* Forms in Microsoft Office Word® format are available at this web site
Appendix 8 - Bibliography
Appendix 9 - NICWA Training materials
* Additional appendices are available at this web site

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