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Alaska SCT Applies Adoptive Couple to Affirm Non-Native Adoption

Here is the opinion in Native Village of Tununak v. State, Dep’t of Health & Social Services, Office of Children’s Services (Alaska).

An excerpt:

We asked the parties to provide supplemental briefing and oral argument on the effect of the Supreme Court’s Baby Girl decision on the adoption appeal currently before us.26 We now hold that because the United States Supreme Court’s decisions on issues of federal law bind state courts’ consideration of federal law issues — including the Indian Child Welfare Act — the decision in Baby Girl applies directly to the adoptive placement case on remand and to this adoption appeal.

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Author: Matthew L.M. Fletcher

North Carolia COA Decides Matter on Applicability of ICWA

Here is the opinion in In re H.S.:

NC App Opinion

An excerpt:

DSS sent a standard letter of notice to the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) and did not receive a response.

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Author: Matthew L.M. Fletcher

Indian Nations Law Focus - August 2014

In Cayuga Indian Nation of New York v. Seneca County, N.Y., 2014 WL 3746795 (2d. Cir. 2014), the Cayuga Indian Nation had refused to pay taxes on land that had been alienated in the early 19th century in violation of the Indian Non-Intercourse Act but reacquired by the nation in the modern era and held in fee simple title. 2,580 more words