- Associated Press - Friday, July 18, 2014

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) - The Alaska Supreme Court sides with a tribal court in a child custody and sovereignty case.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports (https://is.gd/zbpgDc) the court on Friday ruled in the Simmonds v. Parks case that started in 2008.

The Minto Tribal Court terminated the parental rights of Edward Parks and Bessie Stearman. The court sent their child to a foster family.

Parks isn’t a tribal member and sued to regain custody in state superior court. That court ruled the tribal court erred when it didn’t allow Parks’ attorney to speak before the child was given up for adoption.

But the Supreme Court reversed that ruling, saying Parks should have appealed the decision in tribal court and not the state court. It ordered the case sent back to superior court for dismissal.

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Information from: Fairbanks (Alaska) Daily News-Miner, https://www.newsminer.com


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