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Couple in ICWA case says Cherokee child is more 'Latino'

A South Carolina couple involved in an Indian Child Welfare Act appears to be claiming that a young Cherokee girl is not all that Indian.

Dusten Brown, a member of the Cherokee Nation who lives in Oklahoma, gained custody of his two-year-old daughter after the tribe intervened in an adoption proceeding. But a non-Indian couple is fighting the decision in a case that was heard by the South Carolina Supreme Court on Tuesday.

"She's more Latino than anything else," a spokesperson for the non-Indian couple told The Tulsa World of the young Cherokee girl at issue in the case.

All of the parties in the case are under a gag order. The court hearing wasn't open to the public because it involved an adoption.

The hearing lasted more than 90 minutes, according to news reports.

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