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South Dakota Supreme Court supports ICWA case

The South Dakota Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that a child welfare case involving a 2-year-old boy should be handled by the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe.

The boy's mother is a member of the tribe. She sought to have the case transferred to tribal court.

A state judge denied the request last year, saying the boy should go to his non-Indian father's grandparents. But the high court ruled yesterday that the Indian Child Welfare Act requires tribal jurisdiction.

Get the Story:
Custody case to be decided in tribal court (AP 8/27)

Get the Decision:
IN THE MATTER OF THE GUARDIANSHIP OF J.C.D., A Minor Child (August 26, 2004)