States Say Navajo Can't Step Into Child Welfare Fight

By Andrew Westney (January 23, 2019, 5:48 PM EST) -- Texas, Louisiana and Indiana urged the Fifth Circuit on Tuesday to reject the Navajo Nation's bid to take part in the states' suit that led a lower court to strike down the Indian Child Welfare Act, saying the tribe can't show that its interests aren't already represented by other tribes and the federal government.

The Navajo Nation asked the circuit court last week to be allowed to intervene in the case, saying that because a Texas federal judge's October ruling invalidating ICWA dealt with the adoption of a child who is a Navajo member, "the Nation's people and its laws are therefore at the...

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