OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — 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 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 a South Carolina couple for custody of Veronica for years. The South Carolina couple was finalized as her adoptive parents this summer.