On Thursday, the Supreme Court reportedly dismissed a challenge to a federal legislation intended to safeguard Native American children while preserving tribal identity.
The court rejected a number of arguments trying to invalidate provisions of the Indian Child Welfare Act, passed in 1978 to retain Native American children with their tribes, by a vote of 7-2.
A rule that provides precedence to Native Americans looking to foster or adopt Native American children was one of the aspects that was contested.
The challengers lacked legal standing to question whether the preference provisions violated the equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment, the court ruled in a decision written by Justice Amy Coney Barrett.
However, the majority did come to the conclusion that Congress has the power to legislate on the matter and dismissed objections based on that conclusion.
Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito, two of the court’s six conservative justices, dissented.