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U.S. Supreme Court to hear Veronica case in less than 24 hours

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News 2's Haley Hernandez is in Washington, D.C., where in less than 24 hours the U.S. Supreme Court will hear the case involving a James Island couple and their adopted daughter Veronica.

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The Cherokee Nation released the first photos of Veronica in over a year on Sunday.  Confirming, they say, that Veronica is happy and healthy.  However the case before the U.S. Supreme Court is not about Veronica's happiness or well being, instead it's about whether or not the Indian Child Welfare Act was used appropriately by her biological father when he left Charleston, SC with her on New Year's Eve in 2011.

Haley spoke with both sides of the case who say if the Supreme Court agrees with South Carolina's Judiciary it will change the future of adoptions in America.

The ICWA is a law written to keep Native American children with the tribe in order to preserve the culture while the Cherokee Nation agrees Dusten Brown used the law correctly the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys says fathers are legally acknowledged through marriage or if present during pregnancy insisting that's not the case of Dusten Brown and therefore South Carolina should not have allowed him to take Veronica away from her adoptive James Island family

The Supreme Court is expected to make a ruling on this case before their summer recess, many expect a ruling to happen in June.

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