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Child Custody Case / Navajo Indians #106143

ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Oct 27, 1987
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(No location given: Gary Shepard) Custody case involving Navajo Indian boy, Jeremiah Holloway, taken in, then adopted and renamed Michael Carter by Dan and Pat Carter of Spanish Fork, UT, featured; details given, scenes shown. Federal appeals court's agreement with Navajo tribal council that latter had jurisdiction in case noted. [Dan CARTER - hopes for the best.] Natural mother, Cecelia Saunders, noted wanting custody. [Michael CARTER - says he has only seen real mother in center] Michael's letter to President Reagan asking to stay with adoptive parents quoted. Navajo fear of threat to their culture if case lost. [Navajo tribal chairperson Peter MacDONALD - says principle should be what is best for boy.] Possible effect of decision on other Indian children adopted by non-Indian parents mentioned.

Jennings, Peter;
Shepard, Gary

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