Wyo. Supreme Court won't rule on ICWA exception
Monday, November 10, 2003

The Wyoming Supreme Court has refused to overturn a decision involving the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA).

The court was asked to rule on the "existing Indian family" exception in the law. The exception allows an Indian child to be placed in non-Indian homes if the child lacks ties to his or her tribe.

The Northern Arapaho Tribe was fighting a judge who said the exception applied in the case of SNK. The Supreme Court, in a 4-1 decision, said it didn't have enough facts to rule on the exception and said the child should remain in a non-Indian home until further proceedings. The tribe is involved in the case.

Get the Story:
Court avoids Indian Child Welfare Act interpretation (The Casper Star-Tribune 11/10)

Relevant Links:
State of Wyoming Judicial Branch -

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