2014 Oklahoma Statutes
Title 10. Children
§10-40.1. Purpose - Policy of state.
The purpose of the Oklahoma Indian Child Welfare Act is the clarification of state policies and procedures regarding the implementation by the State of Oklahoma of the federal Indian Child Welfare Act, P.L. 95-608. It shall be the policy of the state to recognize that Indian tribes and nations have a valid governmental interest in Indian children regardless of whether or not said children are in the physical or legal custody of an Indian parent or Indian custodian at the time state proceedings are initiated. It shall be the policy of the state to cooperate fully with Indian tribes in Oklahoma in order to ensure that the intent and provisions of the federal Indian Child Welfare Act are enforced.
Added by Laws 1982, c. 107, § 2, emerg. eff. April 6, 1982. Amended by Laws 1994, c. 30, § 1, eff. Sept 1, 1994.
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