Brendan Shay Basham

author & former papaya thief

Basham joins discussion on Indian Child Welfare Act in honor of Native American Heritage Month

In honor of Native American Heritage Month, civil rights law firm Brown, Goldstein & Levy’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee hosted a November 22 discussion centered on Haaland v. Brackeen, the Indian Child Welfare Act case currently being heard by the Supreme Court. Staff heard from author Brendan Basham, who provided some cultural context and read a chapter from his forthcoming debut novel, Swim Home to the Vanished, which is rooted in his Diné tradition and culture.

The BGL team was honored to listen to Brendan’s reading, learn about his experience growing up in and around Navajo Nation, and hear his perspective on Haaland v. Brackeen. The intricacies of the case and the impacts it could have on the Native American community provided meaningful discussion for attorneys and staff alike, and all left the meeting feeling inspired and better equipped to fight for equal rights and representation for Indigenous peoples. Read more at

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