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Doyle signs bill on Indian child welfare

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Gov. Jim Doyle has signed into law a bill designed to bring Wisconsin into better compliance with a 30-year-old federal law related to the welfare of American Indian children.

Doyle’s office says the bill he signed Dec. 8 will strengthen connections between Indian children and their tribes. The new law attempts to ensure that the child welfare system works with the tribes to promote the best interests of Indian children.

The state law clarifies requirements under the 1978 federal law that until now had been left to varied interpretations by local agencies.

The state Department of Children and Families has also received an $850,000 grant to train local tribes, county officials and judges to understand new requirements under the law.

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