California girl removed from foster family over her Native American heritage

By REUTERS
March 22, 2016 06:17

A 6-year-old California girl was removed from her long=time foster family on Monday and will be sent to live with extended family in Utah who share her Native American heritage, according to court documents.

An appeals court said last week the girl was subject to removal from her foster family's home in Santa Clarita, north of Los Angeles, under the Indian Child Welfare Act, a federal law that seeks to keep American Indian children with American Indian families.

The child cried as Los Angeles County social workers carried her from the home on Monday, while dozens of supporters of the family lined the block to protest against the court's decision, the Los Angeles Daily News reported.

The child is 1.56 percent Choctaw Native American, NBC News and the Los Angeles Daily News reported. She has lived with her foster family for the past four years.


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