Date of Award


Document Type

Honors Thesis



First Advisor

Elise Boxer Ph.D.

Second Advisor


Third Advisor



Indian Child Welfare Act, ICWA, South Dakota, Native American, American Indian, Children, Social Services, South Dakota Governor 2004 ICWA Commission Report

Subject Categories

Latin American History


The Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) was implemented in 1978 to protect the best interest of American Indian children and families from the unwarranted removal of children from the homes and communities. 40 years post-ICWA, the state of South Dakota still struggles to insure proper and complete implementation of this law. This undergraduate thesis examines the history and current status of ICWA in South Dakota and the role of the South Dakota Department of Social Services in implementing ICWA and working with tribal nations. Finally, this thesis is a call for compliance by the state of South Dakota and continued effects of collaboration between the State and Tribal Nations in South Dakota to insure best interest of Indian children in the social system



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