Couple Ordered to Return 27-month-old Girl

The Supreme Court agreed on Friday to hear a contentious case on the adoption of Native American children, in which a couple was ordered to return a 27-month-old girl they had raised since birth to her father, since the girl and her father are both Cherokee and the couple is not. The biological father had earlier renounced his parental rights, and the couple had thought they were free to adopt the girl. The case—described as a "human tragedy"—is the result of the Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978, which was intended to keep Native American children from being unduly separated from their families and heritage.