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Couple asks Supreme Court to hear ICWA case for Cherokee girl

A non-Indian couple that went to the media to complain about the Indian Child Welfare Act is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to hear their case.

Matt and Melanie Capobianco have made numerous public appearances in their quest to keep a two-year-old girl from her Cherokee Nation father. The South Carolina Supreme Court ruled for the father but the couple is now asking the Supreme Court to intervene.

The petition in "Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl" was filed on Monday, according to Docket No. 12-399. A response from the biological father, Dusten Brown, and the Cherokee Nation is due October 31.

The couple has also been lobbying Congress to amend ICWA to restrict tribal involvement in Indian child adoption cases.

Get the Story:
Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl Cert Petition (South Carolina ICWA Case) (Turtle Talk 10/3)

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

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