Cherokee Girl Returns to Adoptive Parents
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A four-year-old girl was returned to her adoptive parents on Monday. Veronica's biological father had claimed custody based on the Indian Child Welfare Act. (Sept. 24)


DURATION: 1:08-----------------------------------------SHOTLIST:SOURCE - AP Images/Capiobianco Family - Courtesy Capobianco Family1. Still, Veronica with adoptive mother Melanie Capobianco during visit--AP IMAGES - AP Clients Only2. Still, Matt and Melanie Capobianco---SOURCE: AP Images/Melanie Capobianco - Courtesy Melanie Capobianco3. Still, Veronica trick-or-treating---SOURCE: AP Images/Cherokee Nation - Courtesy Cherokee Nation4. Still, Veronica with biological father Dusten Brown---SOURCE: KOTV - COURTESY KOTV/News on 6, EMBARGO TULSATahlequah, Oklahoma, - 23 September, 20135. Mid, members of Cherokee Nation holding vigil6. Mid, more vigil7. SOUNDBITE (English) Todd Hembree, Cherokee Nation Attorney General (Transcript Below)8. Close, woman at vigil 9. Mid, more people at vigilSOURCE: AP IMAGES/Cherokee Nation - Courtesy Cherokee Nation10. Still, Veronica at birthday partyVOICE-OVER SCRIPT:A YOUNG CHEROKEE GIRL IS BACK WITH HER NON-CHEROKEE ADOPTIVE PARENTS, FOLLOWING A LONG COURT BATTLEFOUR-YEAR-OLD VERONICA RETURNED TO MATT AND MELANIE CAPOBIANCO MONDAY NIGHT, HOURS AFTER THE OKLAHOMA SUPREME COURT RULING DISSOLVED A COURT ORDER THAT KEPT THE GIRL IN THE CHEROKEE NATION.VERONICA'S BIOLOGICAL MOTHER, WHO IS NOT CHEROKEE, HAD PUT HER UP FOR ADOPTION BEFORE SHE WAS BORN.SHE WAS WITH THE CAPOBIANCO'S FOR MORE THAN TWO YEARS, UNTIL HER BIOLOGICAL FATHER, DUSTEN BROWN, WAS AWARDED CUSTODY UNDER THE INDIAN CHILD WELFARE ACT.THAT LAW AIMED TO REDUCE THE HIGH NUMBER OF NATIVE AMERICAN CHILDREN ADOPTED BY NON-NATIVE AMERICAN PARENTS.CHEROKEE NATION MEMBERS HELD A VIGIL MONDAY NIGHT, AND SAID THEY'RE DEEPLY DISAPPOINTED WITH THE RULING.SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) Todd Hembree, Cherokee Nation Attorney General "It's a bad day for the Cherokee Nation, it's a bad day fornative children everywhere. But more importantly, this is a bad day for the Brown family and for Veronica."TRACK-2A CHEROKEE OFFICIAL SAYS VERONICA'S ADOPTIVE PARENTS PROMISED THAT BROWN WILL BE ALLOWED TO REMAIN AN IMPORTANT PART OF HER LIFE.TIM MAGUIRE, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS.