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U.S.Supreme Court to hear adoption case involving Cherokee Nation

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The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear an adoption controversy surrounding a little girl named Veronica.

CBS Atlanta News first told you about Veronica in April.

She was adopted as an infant by a South Carolina couple after her biological father signed away his rights.

Veronica's biological mother remained a part of her life.

But one year ago, the dad, a citizen of the Cherokee Nation, changed his mind and wanted the then 2-year-old girl back.

And he was allowed because of a U.S. law designed to preserve Native American families.

The South Carolina Supreme Court ruled in favor of the father, and the attorney general for the Cherokee Nation thinks the Supreme Court should let that ruling stand.

"We've already filed our objections as to why this is not a case that is right for the United States Supreme Court," said Cherokee Nation Attorney General Todd Hembree.

According to the Supreme Court blog, the justices agreed to hear the case just a couple of hours ago.

It will reportedly take a close look at the definition of "parent" under federal law.

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