COLUMBIA, S.C. —
The Capobiancos appealed that decision to the U.S. Supreme Court, which ruled this year that federal law did not actually require that Veronica — who is about 2 percent Cherokee — be given back to her Cherokee father.
But the ruling didn't directly award the girl to the Capobiancos, instead leaving it to South Carolina courts to decide where Veronica should end up. Last week, the state Supreme Court ordered a family court to finalize the Capobiancos' adoption of the girl, a decision that court upheld Wednesday.
No formal transition timetable has been set. Brown is also pursuing custody of her in Oklahoma, and his parents also are seeking guardianship through the Cherokee court system. Several American Indian groups have said they plan to file their own federal lawsuit to protect Veronica's interests.