By Felicia Fonseca
The Associated Press
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — A Navajo child can remain with his non-American Indian caretakers, despite a federal law that gives preference to placement with tribal members, the state Court of Appeals has ruled.
The ruling upheld a juvenile court decision that found good cause to deviate from the Indian Child Welfare Act. The child identified as “Z’’ in court documents was a month old when relatives of the man believed to be his father began caring for him.