Ravnsborg Won’t Join ICWAA Brief

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg won’t sign onto a brief in support of the Indian Child Welfare Act, unlike 27 other attorneys general across the country, choosing instead to stay neutral.

Several states, a biological mother, and 3 non-indigenous couples interested in fostering and adopting Native American children are challenging the constitutionality of the law aimed at keeping Native American families together.

Ravnsborg decided to take no position on the lawsuit because of an ICWA federal case in South Dakota.

The act was created in response to states removing Native American children from their families at disproportional rates, often for unfair reasons, and usually placing them with non-Native families.

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