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Supreme Court Decides Indian Child Welfare Act Custody Battle

While Proposition 8 stole the headlines across the country, the Supreme Court was making a life altering decision for one little girl. The mother and father had split during the pregnancy, and the father sent a text to the mother relinquishing his parental rights in exchange for not having to pay child support. Does the girl being 3/256ths part Cherokee give the father unalienable custody rights? The ICWA, Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978, says it does.

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