Tribes Score Victory in Child Protection Case

Joaqlin Estus, KNBA – Anchorage

Tribes have scored a victory in a case against the state of Alaska over the right of tribal courts to initiate child protection cases and to have the state recognize their decrees. The state had taken the view that only the state, not tribes, had jurisdiction to initiate proceedings involving Alaska Native children.

A spokeswoman says the Governor’s Office has no comment on the Alaska Supreme Court’s ruling, which they are still reviewing.

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