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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- The father of a Cherokee Indian girl at the center of an adoption dispute has turned himself in to authorities.

Cherokee Nation spokeswoman Amanda Clinton said Dusten Brown turned himself into Oklahoma authorities Monday morning, but didn't say where.

He had been scheduled to attend a tribal court hearing on the matter, but Cherokee Nation Assistant Attorney General Chrissi Nimmo told the Tulsa World he was not there.

Brown was charged over the weekend with custodial interference involving his 3-year-old daughter.

A South Carolina couple has been trying to adopt the girl, named Veronica.

At issue has been the federal Indian Child Welfare Act, which favors the girl living with her Native American father.

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