BC-OK--Indian Child Welfare Dispute,125

Biological father of Cherokee girl to discuss case

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The Cherokee Nation says the biological father of a Cherokee girl will hold a news conference on Thursday to discuss the next legal steps in the four-year custody dispute.

Dusten Brown and Cherokee Nation Assistant Attorney General Chrissi Nimmo are set to outline the next steps they will take over the custody battle for 4-year-old Veronica.

Brown last month handed Veronica over to her adoptive parents, Matt and Melanie Capobianco of South Carolina, after the Oklahoma Supreme Court lifted an emergency stay keeping the girl in Oklahoma.

Brown, a member of the Cherokee Nation, argued that federal law favors his keeping custody of the child, but the U.S. Supreme Court said this summer that the Indian Child Welfare Act does not apply to the case.