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Cherokee Nation against any change to Indian Child Welfare Act





The Cherokee Nation opposes changes to the Indian Child Welfare Act, the tribe's attorney general said.

The tribe is involved in a high-profile ICWA case that could go before teh U.S. Supreme Court. A non-Indian couple is trying to regain custody of a Cherokee girl.

“The most valuable asset any tribe has is their children,” Todd Hembree, the tribe's attorney general, told the Associated Press.

Hembree said adoption attorneys should become more familiar with ICWA in order to resolve disputes and issues.

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