Who is an "extended family member" under the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA)?

An "extended family member" is defined by the law or custom of the Indian child’s tribe, or in the absence of such law or custom, is a person who has reached the age of 18 and who is the Indian child’s grandparent, aunt or uncle, brother or sister, brother-in-law or sister-in-law, niece or nephew, first or second cousin, or stepparent.

25 U.S.C. § 1903(2)

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