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October 10, 2013

BREAKING NEWS: Dusten Brown drops fight to win custody of baby Veronica

Baby Veronica’s father said Tuesday he will end his fight to win custody of his 4-year-old daughter.

The Cherokee child has been at center of a custody battle that went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. At stake was the rights of a biological parent and tribal rights under laws meant to guard against the removal of Native American children from their cultural ties.

During an emotionally charged, 10-minute press conference in Tulsa, Dusten Brown and a Cherokee Nation lawyer said all pending legal challenges have been suspended. Brown said he loved his daughter “too much” to keep her in the spotlight of the protracted legal dispute.

Cherokee Nation Assistant Attorney General Chrissi Nimmo, who has represented the tribe’s interest in the case also spoke of heartbreak and loss. She said Brown and the tribe have jointly moved to dismiss all pending litigation in all courts.

Both Nimmo and Brown called on the child’s adoptive parents, Matt and Melanie Capobianco, to honor their promise to nurture Veronica’s cultural heritage and grant continued visitation to her father.

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