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S.D. Attorney General to 'not take sides' in case that could determine future of ICWA


January 13, 2020

Madonna Pappan, top, hugs her daughter Charlie Pappan before speaking at a press conference in Rapid City about ICWA.

The South Dakota attorney general had decided "to not take sides" in a high-stakes federal lawsuit that could determine the future of a law meant to keep Native American families, communities and culture intact.

The entire constitutionality of the Indian Child Welfare Act, or ICWA, is being challenged in Brackeen v. Bernhardt, a lawsuit against the U.S. government by Texas, Louisiana, Indiana, a biological mother, and three non-indigenous couples interested in fostering and adopting Native American children.


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