Native American
5:34 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

Oklahoma Supreme Court Lifts Stay In Cherokee Girl Case

The seal of the Cherokee Nation
Credit Cherokee Nation

The Oklahoma Supreme Court says it's declining to take jurisdiction over the adoption dispute involving a Cherokee girl and has dissolved a stay that was keeping the girl with her father in Oklahoma.

It wasn't immediately clear whether young Veronica would remain in the Cherokee Nation. The tribal court has found that Matt and Melanie Capobianco of South Carolina have no valid claim to the 4-year-old. The girl's father, Dusten Brown, claims federal law favors his keeping custody of the child, but the U.S. Supreme Court has said the Indian Child Welfare Act does not apply to the case.

Brown is a member of the Cherokee Nation. He's been fighting the Capobiancos for custody of Veronica for years. The South Carolina couple was finalized as her adoptive parents this summer.

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