Michigan Court of Appeals Upholds Termination of Indian Parent’s Rights

Here is the opinion in In re Miller.

An excerpt:

Respondent was a member of an Indian tribe, and before termination of her parental rights could be ordered, the court was required to find evidence beyond a reasonable doubt that continued custody of the child by respondent was likely to result in serious emotional or physical harm to the child under the Indian Child Welfare Act, 25 USC 1912(f). Expert testimony was presented that respondent’s conduct violated the norms and customs of the Chippewa Tribe and that continued custody was likely to result in serious emotional harm to the child. Accordingly, the court did not clearly err in finding that termination was in the best interest of the child.