Indian Country 52 #14 – White Man Weeps
“The longtime foster family of a 6-year-old part-Native American girl who was taken from their home because of her heritage filed an appeal Tuesday with the California court in an effort to get her back.
Rusty and Summer Page have been fighting for years to gain custody of Lexi, who they have fostered for four years.
But Lexi is 1/64th Choctaw Native American, and after a long legal back-and-forth Children’s Court of L.A. County ruled Friday that she would be placed with relatives in Utah in accordance with the Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978.”
– NBC News, California Family Files Appeal to Keep Girl Who is 1/64 Native American.
“But on Monday afternoon, Los Angeles County social workers arrived at the home to carry out a court order that the girl be relocated to live with her extended family members in Utah.
Because the girl is part Choctaw, the federal Indian Child Welfare Act — intended to limit the breakup of Native American families through adoption or foster care placement — applies to her case, the Oklahoma-based Choctaw Nation said in a statement.”
– LA Times, Santa Clarita foster parents appeal to state Supreme Court in tribal custody battle .
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