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ICWA Case before US Supreme Court 2013

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.  

Posted on February 17, 2013 and filed under Cherokee Nation, Federal Courts, State or Federal Politics.

Tribal Law and Order Act Passes

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.

Posted on July 21, 2010 and filed under Federal Courts, Sovereignty, State or Federal Politics.