Oklahoma Supreme Court takes up custody battle over Cherokee girl once awarded to SC couple

  • Article by: KRISTI EATON , Associated Press
  • Updated: September 3, 2013 - 6:10 PM

OKLAHOMA CITY — A custody fight over a 3-year-old Cherokee girl shifted to Oklahoma's highest court Tuesday as lawyers gathered to discuss who should raise the child: a South Carolina couple who have attempted to adopt her since birth or the girl's biological father, who claims a federal law requires that she be raised in a Native American home.

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lawguymnSep. 3, 13 3:24 PM

While I'm all for placing Indian children in Native Amercian homes, it is not always possible. Under the Indian Child Welfare Act, the "best interests of the child" is not the test. I have seen cases where that produces a very sad outcome for the child.

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