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N.D. judge keeps parental kidnapper in jail despite tribal court ruling


FARGO -- A Fargo woman who whisked her two children away in the middle of the night to a South Dakota Indian Reservation 1 1/2 years ago to avoid custody orders will remain in the Cass County Jail, a judge ruled Friday.

Tricia Taylor, 33, was hoping in the court hearing to be released, saying there was nothing she could do to get the children back to their fathers because a Cheyenne Sioux Indian Reservation court in far northwest South Dakota had granted temporary custody to her brother and half-sister who live there.

It’s a classic example of how state courts and tribal courts can face off in both civil and criminal matters -- a longstanding dispute that never seems to go away.


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