PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - The South Dakota Supreme Court has upheld a lower court's decision to end a man's parental rights to his daughter in a case that defines the efforts the state must make to prevent the breakup of an American Indian family.
The girl was a member of the Fort Peck Sioux Tribe of Montana. Her father didn't know about her until she was removed from her mother's home in South Dakota. The man sought to have his daughter placed in his California home.
A circuit judge terminated the man's parental rights, ruling it was in the child's best interests and the man had not completed treatment programs.
The state Supreme Court says South Dakota officials made the efforts required by federal law to prevent the breakup of an American Indian family.
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