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BP: South Dakota Supreme Court upholds constitutionality of Indian Child Welfare Act, contrary to October federal ruling


November 28, 2018

PIERRE, S.D. — The South Dakota Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of the Indian Child Welfare Act in a ruling last week despite a recent ruling by a Texas federal judge to the contrary.

In his Oct. 4 decision, Judge Reed O'Connor, a federal judge for the Northern District of Texas, said the ICWA "coerces state agencies and courts to carry out unconstitutional and illegal federal policy, and decide custody based on race."


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