Arizona court rules against tribe in girl's adoption
Posted June 13
PHOENIX — The Arizona Supreme Court has ruled in favor of a couple trying to adopt a Native American girl despite protests from a tribe over a decades-old act that aims to prevent the break-up of Native families.
The court upheld a lower court ruling that found the Gila River Indian Community was too late when it tried to intervene in the adoption by a non-Native couple.
The girl was born in 2014 to a member of the tribe but was taken into state custody because she and the mother had tested positive for drugs. Her foster parents sought to adopt the girl after the state terminated the biological parents' parental rights.
Gila River then tried to transfer the proceedings to tribal court under the Indian Child Welfare Act, but the courts have sided against the tribe.