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Wisbar News: Possible brief in Supreme Court's ICWA dispute





The State Bar of Wisconsin is being asked to file a brief in Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl, an Indian Child Welfare Act case that will be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court on April 16:
Pursuant to State Bar bylaws, Indian Law Section will request that the State Bar’s Board of Governors authorize the filing of a non-party, amicus brief by the section.

The case involves a Cherokee Nation father and a non-Indian mother who had a child, Veronica. Veronica’s father was on active military duty at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, when the mother broke off their engagement while pregnant with Veronica.

The father and his family attempted to contact the mother during the pregnancy, but the mother cut off communication a few months before the birth of Veronica.

A few months before Veronica’s birth, her mother began working with an adoption attorney in Oklahoma for adoption by a non-Indian family from South Carolina.

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Indian Law Section Requests Input on Amicus Brief in Adoption Case (Wisconsin Bar News 3/7)

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

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