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The legal status of the Indian Child Welfare Act is again going before the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. In 2018, a Texas federal court found the Act known as ICWA to be unconstitutional.

But this summer a panel of three Fifth Circuit judges reversed that finding. Now the full panel of appellate judges will hear the case, with oral arguments tentatively scheduled for the week of Jan. 20.

SDPB's Victoria Wicks has more.

  How does a Communist country integrate capitalistic ideals into an ancient Confucian culture? USD law professor Thomas Horton joins Midday to discuss China and the implementation of its anti-monopoly laws. Horton highlights the influence of Western innovation, the historic relationships that impact China's trade philosophies, and how the intersection of socialism and capitalism has surfaced in the 2016 U.S. Presidential election.

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A member of a fundamentalist Mormon sect with a settlement in Custer County appeared on an indictment in federal court Wednesday in Rapid City.

Seth Steed Jeffs, 42, is charged with money laundering and federal benefits fraud. Jeffs is the leader of a settlement near Pringle run by the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, or FLDS. The Custer County Sheriff served the arrest warrant, according to the Utah District of the Department of Justice.

Also charged are 10 Utah FLDS members.

The U.S. Department of Justice is suing the South Dakota Department of Social Services for discriminatory hiring practices. The complaint was filed Tuesday, Nov. 3, in federal court in Rapid City. The Justice Department claims that DSS passes over qualified Native applicants for higher-paying jobs and hires less-qualified non-Indians.