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SCOTUS Rejects Race-based Challenge to Native American Adoption Law

The court upheld decades-old federal requirements

Today, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) upheld decades-old federal requirements that give preferences to Native Americans and tribal members in the adoption or foster care placements of Native American children, rejecting a challenge claiming parts of the law were racially biased against non-Native Americans.

In a 7-2 ruling, the justices found that the plaintiffs did not have legal standing to challenge a federal standard giving preference for adoptive placements, after extended family or tribal members, to "other Indian families," as a violation of the U.S. Constitution's Fifth Amendment guarantee of equal protection under the law.

The court also rejected challenges to the law, known as the Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978, on other grounds.

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