In 2001, CWLA President Shay Bilchik apologizes for CWLA’s past efforts in partnership with the federal government, to place Indian Children in white families. Between 1958 and 1967, CWLA cooperated with the Bureau of Indian Affairs, under a federal contract, to facilitate an experiment in which 395 Indian children were removed from their tribes and cultures for adoption by non-Indian families. The practice continued into the 1960s with approximately 650 children being taken from their tribes and placed in non-Indian homes.