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Due Process

Starr v. George, 175 P.3d 50 (Alaska, 2008): 
Full text of the decision can be accessed here.

The paternal grandparents of two young tribal children filed a superior court custody petition and served the maternal grandparents.  The maternal grandparents had previously been granted visitation with the children in state court guardianship proceedings after the children’s mother killed their father.  While the superior court custody dispute was pending, paternal grandparents obtained tribal council resolutions approving their adoption of the children.  The paternal grandparents moved to dismiss the maternal grandparents’ state court custody action based on their adoption of the children.  However, the maternal grandparents did not have prior notice of the tribal council adoption proceedings and were not given an opportunity to be heard—and so the tribal adoption proceedings violated the requirements of due process.  Therefore, the tribal council resolutions were not entitled to full faith and credit and was not recognized or enforced by the Alaska state courts.

Bottom line:
A tribal court adoption decree will not be recognized by the State of Alaska if due process is violated.