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Cherokee Nation seeks gag order in ICWA dispute making news

The Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma is seeking a gag order in an ongoing Indian Child Welfare Act case that is making national headlines.

Dusten Brown, a tribal member, took custody of his two-year-old daughter, Veronica Maldonado, on New Year's Eve. She's now living in Oklahoma but the South Carolina couple who tried to adopt her have started a petition and supporters are rallying to their cause.

"In an effort to quell the undue outside attention to this sensitive affair, the Cherokee Nation attorney general's office filed a motion for a gag order in the Maldonado case Wednesday afternoon, along with a motion to release the judge's final order to the public," Chrissi Ross Nimmo, the tribe's assistant attorney general, told News on 6. "I ask that all parties involved in the matter respect the confidential nature of these juvenile court proceedings."

Matt and Melanie Capobianco say they will keep fighting to regain custody of the girl.

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