Foster Daughter to Be Separated From Family Because She’s 1.5% Native American
A six-year-old girl who has lived with the same family for four years will now be separated from her foster parents because she is 1.5% Native American.
Summer and Rusty Page have been trying to adopt Lexi for over two years. But the Indian Child Welfare Act, passed in the 1970’s to prevent Native Americans from being fostered outside their community, gives wide latitude to tribes to decide the placement of children. Because Lexi qualifies for Choctaw Nation membership, the law applies to her.
The Choctaw want Lexi to live with non-blood relatives in Utah who have been making monthly visits for the past three years. Said relatives are not Native American, and do not live on a reservation. The Pages strongly disagree: “She finally knows what mom and dad means and they want to take that away from her,” Rusty Page told a local California Fox affiliate.
After a judge ruled in the tribe’s favor, Lexi was supposed to be removed from the Page household Sunday, but the Page family filed a last-minute appeal temporarily blocking the removal order.
Watch above, via Fox 11.
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