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July 22, 2013

Indian groups planning to sue over girl’s SC case

COLUMBIA, S.C. —

Several American Indian groups are preparing to sue over a court’s decision to allow the adoption of a girl of Cherokee heritage by a Charleston-area couple.

The Native American Rights Fund, National Congress of American Indians and National Indian Child Welfare Association said Monday they want to try to protect the best interests of the now-3-year-old girl named Veronica.

With the backing of the U.S. Supreme Court, the South Carolina Supreme Court last week ordered a Family Court to finalize Veronica’s adoption by Matt and Melanie Capobianco.

The girl has been living in Oklahoma since 2011 when South Carolina justices said a federal law favored her being raised by her biological father, a member of the Cherokee Nation.

Her father has been pursuing custody of Veronica in Oklahoma.

 

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