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Former Sen. Abourezk clarifies comment about ICWA case

Former U.S. Sen. Jim Abourezk appears to have changed his tune about an Indian Child Welfare Act case.

A couple of weeks ago, Abourezk told a South Carolina paper that ICWA wasn't intended to cover cases like the one involving a two-year-old girl who was adopted without the consent of the Cherokee Nation. But in a new interview, he says it appears the law wasn't followed properly.

"I hate these kinds of cases that are not clear cut, and this one's not," Abourezk, who introduced and wrote ICWA, told Fox23 News in Oklahoma.

Dusten Brown, who lives in Oklahoma, regained custody of his daughter after the tribe intervened in his case. A non-Indian couple is asking the South Carolina Supreme Court to grant them custody.

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