Okla. Admin. Code § 340:75-19-11 - Notice of Indian child custody proceedings

(a) Statutory notice of Indian child custody proceeding. The Federal and Oklahoma Indian Child Welfare Act address procedures for notice to Indian tribes of voluntary and involuntary child custody proceedings, including review hearings, involving Indian children. The Oklahoma Indian Child Welfare Act per Section 40.4 of Title 10 of the Oklahoma Statutes (10 O.S. § 40.4 ) requires the state court to ensure the initiating party, usually the district attorney, sends notice by certified mail, return receipt requested, to the:
(1) Indian child's parents;
(2) Indian custodians;
(3) child's tribe; and
(4) the appropriate Bureau of Indian Affairs office.
(b) Notice requirements. Per 10 O.S. § 40.4, the notice of the Indian child custody proceeding is written in clear and understandable language and includes:
(1) name, date of birth, birthplace, and tribal affiliation of the Indian child;
(2) a copy of the petition;
(3) name of petitioner and name and address of petitioner's attorney;
(4) a statement of the rights of the parents or Indian custodian, and the Indian tribe to:
(A) intervene in the proceeding;
(B) petition the court to transfer the proceeding to the tribal court;
(C) request an extension of time, up to 20 additional calendar days, to prepare for the proceeding;
(5) a statement of the potential legal consequences of the proceedings on the future custodial rights of the parents or Indian custodians;
(6) a statement that counsel will be appointed for the parent or custodian when unable to afford counsel;
(7) mailing addresses and phone numbers of the court, information related to all parties to the proceeding, and individuals notified; and
(8) a statement that tribal officials must keep information contained in the notice confidential.
(c) Under the Federal Act, a proceeding for foster care placement or termination of parental rights is not held until 10-calendar days after receipt of notice by the parent or Indian custodian and the tribe.
(d) Invalidation of action upon showing of certain violations. Per 25 U.S.C. § 1914, motions to invalidate state court actions based on violations of the provisions of 25 U.S.C. §§ 1911, 1912, and 1913 may be filed by:
(1) the Indian child who is the subject of any action for foster care placement or termination of parental rights under Oklahoma law;
(2) any parent or Indian custodian from whose custody the child was removed; and
(3) the child's tribe.


Okla. Admin. Code § 340:75-19-11
Added at 19 Ok Reg 2209, eff 6-27-02; Amended at 24 Ok Reg 1044, eff 6-1-07; Amended at 30 Ok Reg 839, eff 7-1-13
Amended by Oklahoma Register, Volume 33, Issue 24, September 1, 2016, eff. 9/15/2016

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