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Domestic Relations: Child Custody-Tribal Court Jurisdiction-Non-Native American Parent

Plaintiffs filed suit against the Department of Human Services, the local county and two tribal courts, contesting the tribal court’s jurisdiction over plaintiff Kimberly Watso’s child-custody proceedings for her children. Although Watso was not Native American, her children were through their fathers. The district court dismissed plaintiff’s complaint. Where the Indian Child Welfare Act vested in ...
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