Six-year old Lexi was placed with a white family when she was 17 months old. This week, she was taken away by country workers because the parents are white and Lexi is 1.5% Choctaw.
Under the 1978 Indian Child Welfare Act, tribal leaders have an unlimited right to take children with Indian blood from white foster homes. They have jurisdiction over non-reservation children as well as those on the reservation. She was taken to a family in Utah who are related only by marriage but the tribal leaders decided this is where they wanted her placed.
The foster parents Rusty and Summer Page plan to continue fighting.
Her foster parents and siblings are seen below. The foster father carried her out to the country workers.
‘How is it that a screaming child, saying “I want to stay, I’m scared,” how is in her best interest to pull her from the girl she was before that doorbell rang?’ Rusty Page told KNX-AM radio.
The Pages had fought efforts under the federal Indian Child Welfare Act to place Lexi with relatives of her father, who is a Native American. The Pages argued that Lexi had lived with them since the age of 2 and knew no other life.
His wife, Summer Page, screamed “Lexi, I love you!” and a crowd of friends and neighbors cried, prayed or sang hymns.
“Daddy don’t let them take me away”, Lexi cried as she was placed in the car.
“Due to the ‘Indian Child Welfare Act”, Lexi is supposed to only live with other Native American families. Summer and Rusty, from Santa Claritra, California, have been fighting for two years to adopt the child….