Indian Child Welfare Act

Four Year Custody Dispute
11:02 am
Thu October 10, 2013

UPDATE: Cherokee Nation, Brown Drop Fight For Veronica

Dusten Brown and now-four-year-old Veronica.
Credit Cherokee Nation

The biological father of a Cherokee girl adopted by a South Carolina couple has dropped his custody claims. 

Dusten Brown and a Cherokee Nation assistant attorney general said Thursday proceedings over 4-year-old Veronica have been dropped in the Oklahoma and Cherokee court systems. Brown and the attorney asked that Matt and Melanie Capobianco of Charleston, S.C., drop a contempt complaint against Brown.

Read more
Could Still Face Other Charges
5:28 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

South Carolina Governor Drops Extradition Request For Dusten Brown

Governor Nikki Haley
Credit Gage Skidmore / Flickr.com

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley is dropping her request to extradite the biological father of a Cherokee girl who was at the center of a bitter custody dispute. He could still face a charge of custodial interference.

Dusten Brown had been scheduled to appear Thursday in an Oklahoma county court to face extradition to South Carolina. Brown was charged in August with custodial interference for failing to hand over 4-year-old Veronica to her adoptive parents, Matt and Melanie Capobianco of James Island, S.C.

Read more
Native American
8:16 am
Mon September 30, 2013

South Carolina Adoptive Parents Seek Expenses In Custody Fight

Dusten Brown with now-four-year-old Veronica.
Credit Cherokee Nation

A South Carolina couple is asking an Oklahoma man and the Cherokee Nation to pay for expenses in connection with the couple's adoption of a Cherokee girl.

The Tulsa World reports the petition was filed Sept. 9 in South Carolina by Matt and Melanie Capobianco while Dusten Brown was appealing court orders to hand over his 4-year-old daughter Veronica.

Brown is the biological father and fought for custody after the child was adopted by the couple.

Read more
Cherokee Adoption Case
11:42 am
Thu September 5, 2013

Father Of Cherokee Tot In Custody Fight Surrenders

Credit Cherokee Nation

The father of a Cherokee girl at the center of a custody dispute has surrendered to Oklahoma authorities amid claims he's interfering with parental rights granted to a South Carolina couple.

A secretary for Sequoyah County Judge Jeff Payton said Dusten Brown surrendered Thursday. Gov. Mary Fallin signed an extradition warrant Wednesday, saying Brown wasn't negotiating in good faith with a Charleston, S.C., couple granted custody of the girl in July.

Read more
Native American
9:47 am
Tue September 3, 2013

Oklahoma Supreme Court Grants Stay In Baby Veronica Case

Credit Cherokee Nation

The Oklahoma Supreme Court has granted an emergency stay to keep a 3-year-old Cherokee girl with her biological father.

A docket listing for the state Supreme Court shows that the stay was granted Friday in the case of 3-year-old Veronica.

Her biological father, Dusten Brown, has been fighting a South Carolina couple, Matt and Melanie Capobianco, for custody of the girl for years.

Read more
Native American
12:27 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

Lawyer: Adoptive Parents Can't See Cherokee Girl

Credit Cherokee Nation

Court documents show a lawyer appointed to look out for the best interests of a 3-year-old Cherokee girl at the center of an adoption dispute has asked a judge to suspend visitation rights for her adoptive parents.

Angel Smith filed a motion in Cherokee County District Court in Oklahoma on Friday asking the judge to suspend the right for Matt and Melanie Capobianco to see 3-year-old Veronica pending a hearing.

The Capobiancos have filed a motion objecting to the stay.

Read more
Native American
11:57 am
Mon August 12, 2013

Dusten Brown Turns Himself In To Oklahoma Authorities

Credit Cherokee Nation

The father of a Cherokee Indian girl at the center of an adoption dispute has turned himself in to authorities but refused extradition to South Carolina.

Sequoyah County Sheriff Ron Lockhart says Dusten Brown turned himself in about 10 a.m. and appeared before a judge but refused extradition without a governor's warrant.

Brown was charged over the weekend with custodial interference after failing to appear at a court-ordered meeting in South Carolina.

Read more
Politics and Government
3:58 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

Adoption Of Cherokee Girl Could Lead To Her "Devastation"

A Cherokee Nation attorney says a 3-year-old girl will be devastated if she is adopted by a South Carolina couple and taken away from her biological father, who is a tribal member.

Chrissi Nimmo, an assistant attorney general for the Oklahoma-based tribe, said today that Dusten Brown is unquestionably a fit parent. She says she can't understand how a South Carolina judge on Wednesday could have issued an order finalizing the adoption of a child living with a fit biological parent.

Brown has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to stay the ruling.

Read more
Indian Child Welfare Act
9:44 am
Tue July 23, 2013

Cherokee Nation Seeks Re-Hearing In Adoption Case

Credit Cherokee Nation

The Cherokee Nation in Oklahoma says it's filed a petition for a rehearing of the South Carolina Supreme Court's decision allowing the adoption of a girl of Cherokee heritage by a Charleston-area couple.

The Tahlequah-based tribe said Monday that the court's decision was "troubling."

Several American Indian groups are also preparing to sue over the decision.

Read more
Indian Child Welfare Act
11:10 am
Tue July 9, 2013

Native American Adoption Case Gets New Complication

Credit Cherokee Nation

The case of a Native American child at the center of a custody dispute that went to the U.S. Supreme Court has another complication. Dusten Brown, the girl’s biological father, has now filed for adoption.

Brown and other relatives of three-year-old Veronica filed court papers in Oklahoma Monday to adopt the child. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled last month South Carolina courts should decide who gets to adopt Veronica.

Read more