Custody cases wind through courts


February 25, 2022

Testimony continued last week in a contentious local child custody case that sparked weeks of protests last month.

There are five children in each of two homes, most of them either adopted or otherwise in the permanent custody of the two caregivers, Nicole and Dawn Ammesmaki, who are sisters. Both the women and all of the children in the related cases are Native American, which makes the case even more complicated, because of additional protections in the Indian Child Welfare Act.

In a more than 2-hour hearing on Wednesday, Feb. 16, Sixth District Carlton County judge Rebekah Stumme and do...

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