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State Court of Appeals allows non-native family to adopt Gila River child


PHOENIX - Over the objections of a tribe, the state Court of Appeals has allowed a non-Indian family to adopt the child of a Native American mother.

In a unanimous decision, the judges said the trial court correctly considered all the issues, including the interests of the child who had been with the adoptive family as a foster child since a week after she was born.

The ruling was hailed by the Goldwater Institute which has been trying for years to void the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA), which generally requires the fate of children with Indian blood to be determined by tribal courts.


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