OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- An adoption fight centered around a 3-year-old Cherokee girl is entering another phase with arguments set before Oklahoma's highest court.

Dusten Brown of the Cherokee Nation says the Indian Child Welfare Act dictates his daughter should remain with him, but the U.S. Supreme Court has said the act doesn't apply in this case.

Matt and Melanie Capobianco of Charleston, S.C., have tried adopt the girl since she was born. Veronica's mother agreed to the adoption but Brown has since intervened.

Parties gathered Tuesday at the Oklahoma Supreme Court with state troopers standing by. Justices have granted an emergency stay to keep Veronica with Brown.

A state Supreme Court referee is expected to recommend which court should take the case next: South Carolina's, Oklahoma's or the Cherokee Nation's.

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