May 25, 2022 – In re M.E. (3rd Dist., C094587)

In an appeal from a WIC 366.26 hearing, the Court of Appeal agrees with appellant that the juvenile court failed to comply with ICWA inquiry and notice requirements. The Department failed to adequately investigate the parents’ claim of Indian ancestry, and the juvenile court failed to ensure an appropriate inquiry had been conducted before concluding ICWA did not apply to the proceedings. The court remands the matter to ensure compliance with ICWA.