Federal Judge Finds Rights of Indians Violated in South Dakota Custody Cases

Posted on Apr 08, 2015

A federal judge in Rapid City has ruled that state court judges and officials in Pennington County have routintely violated provisions of the Indian Child Welfare Act and due process rights of American Indians parents during preliminary child custody hearings since 2010.

U.S. District Judge Jeffrey Viken issued the opinion on a lawsuit filed by the Oglala Sioux and Rosebud Sioux tribe and three Indian parents.

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