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Maine joins Indian lawsuit before Supreme Court

AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine is joining South Carolina and several other states in defending a federal law that deals with Indian adoption rights and will be a central topic in a case that goes before the US Supreme Court next month, Attorney General Janet Mills announced Thursday.

Mills said the state signed an amicus brief in the case, defend­ing the Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978. She ­described the facts of the case as particularly outrageous and said the case has implications in Maine, where a process is ­under way to investigate systematic removal of tribal children from their households prior to passage of the Indian Child Welfare law.

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