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Biological father, tribe give up the fight over Baby Veronica

By Heide Brandes OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma (Reuters) - The biological father of a 4-year-old Cherokee girl at the heart of a protracted custody battle said Thursday he is giving up the fight for "Baby Veronica" so that she may live in peace with her adoptive parents. Oklahoma resident Dusten Brown and the Cherokee Nation, who have been fighting for Brown's custody of the girl since she was given up for adoption by her mother shortly after birth, said they will drop all remaining legal appeals to her adoption in South Carolina.

South Carolina drops extradition order for Baby Veronica's biological father

By Brendan O'Brien (Reuters) - The biological father of "Baby Veronica," a Native American girl who was at the heart of a protracted custody battle, will not be extradited to South Carolina to face felony charges for interfering with her adoption, Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin said on Wednesday. Fallin said in a statement that she canceled an extradition warrant for Dusten Brown, the father of "Baby Veronica", after South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley withdrew her request for extradition.

Police to escort adoptive parents home in U.S. battle over Cherokee girl

By Harriet McLeod CHARLESTON, South Carolina (Reuters) - The adoptive parents of Veronica, a four-year-old Native American child who was handed over to them on Monday night after a cross-cultural custody battle fought all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, will return to South Carolina with a police escort, a family spokeswoman and sheriff's official said.

'Baby Veronica' to stay with birth father for now: Oklahoma high court

By Heide Brandes OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - A 3-year-old Native American girl known as "Baby Veronica" will not immediately be transferred from the custody of her Oklahoma biological father to a South Carolina couple who adopted her, the Oklahoma Supreme Court has ruled. The ruling, which was made on Friday although the information only became available on the court website on Tuesday, means that Veronica will stay for now with her biological father, Dusten Brown, who is a member of the Cherokee Nation.

Native American adoption case reaches US top court

The US Supreme Court will hear arguments Tuesday from a couple ordered to turn over the two-year-old girl they had raised since birth to her biological father because he is a Native American. It is the first time in 14 years and the second time ever that the nation's top court will rule on the Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978, which was intended to prevent Native American children from being separated from their families.
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