Rehearing sought in Native American adoption case

Columbia, South Carolina (AP) August 2012

The South Carolina parents who adopted a Native American girl have asked a high court to reconsider its decision to send her back to Oklahoma.

Court officials confirm that the adoptive parents asked the South Carolina Supreme Court to rehear their case.

Last month, the court voted 3-2 to return the now-2-year-old girl to her biological father in Oklahoma. In its first decision weighing state adoption law against the federal Indian Child Welfare Act, the court wrote the adoptive family likely bonded in their time together but that the federal law gives custodial preference to the girl's father, a member of the Cherokee tribe.

No further details about the request were immediately available, and it wasn't clear when the court would decide if it would rehear the case.


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