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     Module 3      Further Inquiry and Notice

Further Inquiry Process


If initial inquiry produces reason to know that the child is or may be an Indian child, the party with inquiry duties (see table), while documenting each step:

Complicating the research task is the fact that the person with reason to know that a child is or could be an Indian may identify the possible tribal affiliation differently from the way in which the federal government would identify it. Historically, many of the names by which the federal government has recognized tribes have had no obvious relationship to historical tribal identifications in California. The CDSS directory can be useful in such a situation because it contains many cross-references between tribal groups’ names.

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