Policy Research Related to Indigenous Populations

Analyze the credibility, bias, and uses of that source. Issues to consider:

1. The type of source, author, funding, and intended audience

2. Evidence of bias in relation to race, ethnicity, gender, class, etc. within the source


3. Given the type of source, has any checking of facts or peer-review been done?


4. Based on the information in the source, define and describe one social problem that affects members of an indigenous group.

Conduct your own policy research to find another resource about this social problem. Tell us how you know this is a credible source, and what additional information it provides about the social problem.


Article Attached to read:

Briggs, L. (2012). The making of Indian Child Welfare Act 1922-1978. In Somebody\’s Children: The Politics of Transracial and Transnational Adoption (pp. 59-63). Durham: Duke University Press.


Source Analysis

The Making of the Indian Child Welfare Act, 1922-1978 is a book chapter. The chapter is published in the book: Somebody’s Children: The Politics of Transnational and Transracial Adoption by Laura Briggs. The chapter is written for an academic audience. Aside from being informative and seeking to educate on the issue, the source is carefully crafted to pass on knowledge. It is ideal for readers who are knowledgeable on the topic and have intellectual curiosity on matters related to race, ethnicity, and gender.

Briggs assesses transnational and transracial adoption in the United States. However, the source is one-sided. Although the author seeks to prove that ICWA’s opponents rewrote its history, the source only focuses on the negative impacts of transnational and transracial adoptions on families and children. She fails to consider the positive implications of transracial and transnational adoption.

This source’s author extensively uses past data and articles to support and validate its contents. Aside from the extensive data referencing, the author sorts out facts to ensure the accuracy of the information provided. However, there is no evidence that the source is peer-reviewed or appraised to ensure it meets standards, clarifies ideas, and ascertain its validity.

Based on the information provided in this source, one of the social problems affecting members of indigenous groups is discrimination. The author outlines that in some cases, members of indigenous groups unjustly lose their children to government organizations, the foster care system, and adoption (Briggs, 2012).

Chase and Ullrich (2022) also discuss child removal from black and indigenous families. The source, which is published in a peer-reviewed journal, and whose authors are well-versed on the topic, also indicates that although child abuse is highest among African Americans and American Indians, indigenous groups also encounter bias from the child welfare workers.


Briggs, L. (2012). The Making of the Indian Child Welfare Act, 1922-1978 . In Somebody’s Children: the politics of transracial and transnational adoption (pp. 59-93). Durham: Duke University Press.

Chase, Y. E., & Ullrich, J. (2022). A Connectedness Framework: Breaking the Cycle of Child Removal for Black and Indigenous Children. International Journal on Child Maltreatment: Research, Policy and Practice, 5, 181-195.

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