TAHLEQUAH, Okla. (CBSNEWS.COM) – The Cherokee Nation is planning to appeal a decision last week that struck down a law governing the adoptions of Native American children, according to Cherokee Nation Deputy Attorney General Chrissi Ross Nimmo. The law, which was meant to keep the children within Native American families, was deemed unconstitutional by a federal judge in Texas.
U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor, in an Oct 4 ruling, found that the Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978 (ICWA) illegally gives Native American families preferential treatment in adoption proceedings for Native American children based on race.READ MORE: Police Need Help Identifying Suspect After Injured Puppy Abandoned At Hulsey Park
The ruling found that the law was in violation of the Fifth Amendment’s equal protection guarantee.READ MORE: Many North Texas Teachers To Receive Pay Raises, Bonuses At Start Of New School Year
O’Connor ruled that the law violated the 10th Amendment’s federalism guarantees, including the”anti-commandeering” principle that was established by the Supreme Court, most recently in a 2018 sports gambling case that bars Congress from ”commanding” states to modify their laws.MORE NEWS: Armed 'Federales' Approach Off-Duty Border Patrol Agent Fishing With Family Along Rio Grande River