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Arizona's top court won't take ICWA suit involving Navajo Nation





The Arizona Supreme Court has refused to hear an Indian Child Welfare Act involving the Navajo Nation.

The tribe objected to the placement of a Navajo boy with a non-Indian couple. But the Arizona Court of Appeals in August said there was "good cause" to deviate from ICWA.

According to the decision, the boy was "rescued" from the home of his parents more than two years ago. The mother is a member of the Navajo Nation.

Get the Story:
Ariz. court denies review of Navajo adoption case (AP 12/4)

Arizona Appeals Court Decision:
Navajo Nation v. Arizona Department of Economic Security (August 28, 2012)

Court rejects Navajo Nation in Indian Child Welfare Act dispute (8/30)