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Court won't rehear ICWA case involving Cherokee Nation father

The South Carolina Supreme Court won't rehear an Indian Child Welfare Act case that has drawn national attention.

On July 26, the court affirmed a decision to return custody of a two-year-old girl to her father, a member of the Cherokee Nation who lives in Oklahoma. By a 3-2 vote, the court ruled that ICWA gives preference to Dusten Brown.

The non-Indian couple that wanted to adopt the girl asked for a rehearing but the request was denied last week. The couple and their supporters are lobbying Congress to change ICWA.

Get the Story:
SC Supreme Court won't rehear adoption case (AP 8/30)

South Carolina Supreme Court Decision:
Adoptive Couple v. Cherokee Nation (July 26, 2012)

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