Native American
9:42 am
Mon August 12, 2013

Cherokee Court Considering Adoption Case

A hearing is set for the biological father of a 3-year-old Cherokee girl who is the subject of an adoption dispute.

A Cherokee Nation spokeswoman says Dusten Brown is due in tribal court in Tahlequah at 9 a.m. Monday.

Spokeswoman Amanda Clinton said the hearing was requested by the attorney for Brown's daughter, Veronica. A phone call to the attorney, Angel Smith, went unanswered.

A South Carolina court has finalized the adoption of Veronica by a couple in that state. She has been in Oklahoma since 2011, when courts said federal law favored her being raised by her Brown because of his Cherokee heritage.

That ruling has been reversed. A warrant was issued for Brown's arrest after he missed a meeting to bring the girl to meet the adoptive parents.