NESPELEM – The Colville Confederated Tribes have opened for public comment a proposed amendment to the Colville Tribal Code that aims to clarify “grandparent and other party visitation along with modification of custody, providing processes, burdens and legal standards for judicial determinations,” according to a proposed code amendment cover letter released by ORA, June 21.

The cover letter further notes, “[The CBC] Law and Justice Committee directed the Office of Reservation Attorney to draft code amendments to Chapter 5-1-120, “Child Custody,” whereby the Code would include provisions regarding processes, burdens and legal standards for judicial determinations. When reviewing the code, the work group decided that amendments for grandparents’ visitation required more in depth review in order to coincide with the traditions and culture of the Colville Tribes. This involved drafting amendments to grandparent visitation and other party visitation as well as revisions regarding modification to custody.”

The code amendment was made open to public comment June 5. It will close Aug. 5, and a second meeting will go in front of CBC Aug. 21.

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