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Cherokee Nation, Brown drop fight for Veronica

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Cherokee Nation, Brown drop fight for Veronica

CREATED Oct 10, 2013 - UPDATED: Oct 10, 2013

TULSA, Okla. (AP) - 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.

Brown gave Veronica to the couple last month after Oklahoma's Supreme Court lifted an order keeping her in the state. Previously, the U.S. Supreme Court said Brown couldn't rely on the Indian Child Welfare Act to win custody.

Brown said at a news conference it was time for Veronica to live outside the spotlight, and he and the Capobiancos were discussing how he could be in her life.

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