Tribes, Allies Say Constitution Backs Child Welfare Law

Law360 (January 16, 2019, 8:56 PM EST) -- Four tribes, joined by members of Congress, Indian law professors and others, urged the Fifth Circuit on Wednesday to overturn a Texas district judge's decision ruling the Indian Child Welfare Act unconstitutional, saying the law doesn't racially discriminate and that the Constitution supports Congress' broad power to enact laws regulating tribal matters.

The Cherokee Nation, Oneida Nation, Quinault Indian Nation and Morongo Band of Mission Indians on Wednesday asked the circuit court to reverse a Texas federal judge's October decision handing Texas, two other states and several foster families a quick win on most of their claims in a suit challenging...

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