As promised, here's more detail on the Baby Veronica case involving the Cherokee Nation. The Supreme Court of South Carolina declined to finalize the adoption and the biological father, a Cherokee citizen, now has custody of the child. Here's the South Carolina decision. The United States Supreme Court granted cert and will hear the case in April. Two provisions of the federal Indian Child Welfare Act are at issue.
We'll be posting updates as the briefs are filed on the Indian Child Welfare Case pending before the US Supreme Court involving the Cherokee Nation. Here are the resources about the case on the National Indian Child Welfare Association's website, but stay tuned . . . .
Congress finally passed the Tribal Law and Order Act and it awaits Obama's signature. The full text to the Act is here. The big news is that tribal court sentencing powers are increased to three years and/or $15,000 in some instances and that there are new provisions for accountability when a US attorney declines to prosecute an Indian Country criminal matter.