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Couple wants rehearing in ICWA case of Cherokee Nation girl

A non-Indian couple is asking the South Carolina Supreme Court to rehear an Indian Child Welfare Act case.

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 and supporters are lobbying Congress to amend ICWA.

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

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