The U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear the custody case of a Choctaw child who was placed with an extended family in Utah under terms of the Indian Child Welfare Act, ending a years’ long effort by opponents to overturn the law designed to keep Indian children in Native American families.
Without comment, the court refused to hear an appeal of California Court decisions that removed a child known as Lexi from a Santa Clarita foster family who had fought the law to adopt Lexi. She has been living with her Utah relatives since last Spring. California courts consistently held that the federal law should apply.
The Choctaw Nation is pleased that the U.S. Supreme Court brought to an end this lengthy and unnecessary litigation. Lexi can remain where she belongs, with extended family that will raise her and a sister in the Choctaw tradition. The attorneys who brought the case to the high court made clear from the beginning their goal was not only to remove Lexi from her Utah family but to overturn the Indian Child Welfare Act. They failed to do so, and the ICWA will continue to protect Native American children’s rights to family and cultural connections.
We would like to invite you to the Grand Re-Opening of Choctaw Print Services in Durant, Oklahoma. The event is Tuesday (Jan 17) at 10:00 am, at 2712 Enterprise Boulevard. We hope you can join us as we celebrate progress in Bryan County.
About The Choctaw Nation
The Choctaw Nation is the third largest Indian Nation in the United States, with close to 200,000 tribal members. The first tribe over the Trail of Tears, the historical boundaries are in the southeast corner of Oklahoma. The vision of the Choctaw Nation is “To achieve healthy, successful, productive, and self-sufficient lifestyles for a proud nation of Choctaws.” Tribal business success over the past few years has enabled the Choctaw Nation to begin to achieve this vision, as well as to assist the communities that are in the Choctaw Nation. Faith, Family, and Culture are important values to Choctaw people. For more information about the Choctaw Nation, its culture, heritage, and traditions, please go to www.choctawnation.com.