ICWA: Federal Judge Orders Changes In Seventh Circuit Handling Of Hearings

Dec 16, 2016

Federal Judge Jeffrey Viken
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A federal judge has ordered Seventh Circuit and Pennington County officials to stop violating the Indian Child Welfare Act.

Judge Jeffrey Viken's order affects emergency hearings held within 48 hours of the removal of children from their parent or guardian's care.

The judge's order responds to a lawsuit filed in Rapid City in March 2013 and resolves seven of eight issues. SDPB's Victoria Wicks reports on this latest development.

ACLU's Stephen Pevar, left, and Rapid City attorney Dana Hanna brought suit in March 2013.
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