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TAHLEQUAH, Okla. (AP) - A South Carolina couple wanting to adopt a young Cherokee girl has filed legal papers asking that the child be brought to a courthouse in Tahlequah.

Matt and Melanie Capobianco want 3-year-old Veronica presented at the Cherokee County Courthouse at 9 a.m. Friday. A spokesperson for the South Carolina couple says a separate court proceeding has been set for 11 a.m. at a Cherokee tribal court.

Veronica's father is a member of the Cherokee Nation. Her birth mother is not.

The Capobiancos traveled to Oklahoma this week, seeking a way to have the child returned to their home after her biological father pressed claims under the Indian Child Welfare Act.

The U.S. Supreme Court said the Act didn't apply and a South Carolina court awarded the Capobiancos custody July 31.

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