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The California Supreme Court will not hear an appeal from a Santa Clarita foster family to return a girl to them after she was relocated to live with her extended Native American family in Utah.

The court rejected attorney Lori Alvino-McGill’s request without comment Wednesday, leaving her and her clients, Rusty and Summer Page and their children, with only one final avenue left to try: the U.S. Supreme Court.

Earlier this month, the 6-year-old was removed from her foster family's home by Los Angeles County social workers to be relocated to Utah to live with relatives.

Because the girl is part Choctaw, the federal Indian Child Welfare Act — intended to limit the breakup of Native American families through adoption or foster care placement — applies to her case, the Oklahoma-based Choctaw Nation has ruled.

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