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State Law vs ICWA: Baby Veronica

On Tuesday, the US Supreme Court will hear the case of Adoptive Couple v. Baby Veronica which has been at the center of an Indian Child Welfare Act debate since 2009.

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10/9/2014

article Alaska Supreme Court Uses Baby Veronica Ruling to Thwart ICWA
(Oklahoma) -- Last month, the Alaska Supreme Court issued its decision in Native Village of Tununak II v the State of Alaska and the result has many Native observers...

10/4/2014

article U.S. Supreme Court’s ‘Baby Veronica’ decision applied in Alaska case
(Alaska) -- Native leaders say a Sept. 12th Alaska Supreme Court ruling in a case involving a Yup’ik child will cause higher numbers of Native children to be cut...

9/20/2014

article One year later, Baby Veronica case still resonates
(Oklahoma) -- Phones rang nonstop. Tears flowed. An ambulance came for her grandfather, who apparently suffered a severe panic attack. And Cherokee marshals set up road...

4/9/2014

article Attorneys drop lawsuit sparked by Veronica adoption, but say more ICWA challenges could follow
(South Carolina) -- The birth mother of Veronica Capobianco, the child at the center of an adoption battle last year, has dropped her constitutional challenge to the law...

4/8/2014

article 'Baby Veronica' Birth Mom Drops Bid To Overturn ICWA
(South Carolina) -- The birth mother of "Baby Veronica" has withdrawn her federal lawsuit in South Carolina which had sought to overturn portions of the Indian...
article Baby Veronica’s birth mother dropping related lawsuit against Cherokees, U.S.
(Oklahoma) -- Baby Veronica’s birth mother has filed a voluntary dismissal of a federal lawsuit against the Cherokee Nation and the U.S. government, which...
article Veronica's Birth Mother Drops Bid to Overturn ICWA in South Carolina
(South Carolina) -- Indian Country Today Media Network has confirmed that the legal team for Christinna Maldonado, the birth mother of “Baby Veronica” and...

3/12/2014

article Baby Veronica and the Future of ICWA: What’s Next
(Connecticut) -- At a recent symposium, Joel West Williams, Cherokee, staff attorney for the Native American Rights Fund, announced, “Raise your hand if you...

2/23/2014

article #BabyVeronica case discussed at Yale, missing aspects of #HumanTrafficking
(Connecticut) -- I plan to write a longer piece on this discussion but essentially the panel said that the Capobiancos won this case in the media first which paved the...

1/26/2014

article Sunday: Adoptive father writes bill to avoid Baby Veronica disputes
(Oklahoma) -- Giving up on having children of their own, Oklahoma state Rep. Wade Rousselot and his wife drove 600 miles to central Texas for the birth of their adoptive...

1/17/2014

article Baby Veronica Case: South Carolina court drops contempt charge against Dusten Brown
(South Carolina) -- A South Carolina judge dropped a contempt of court case against Baby Veronica's biological father Thursday, bringing a definitive end to the...

1/16/2014

article Contempt of court charges dropped against Veronica’s birth father
(Oklahoma) -- Contempt of court charges against Dusten Brown, Veronica’s birth father, have been dropped, according to an Oklahoma newspaper.

12/27/2013

article WIS Year in Review: Baby Veronica case draws to a close
(South Carolina) -- The Christmas holiday may have been extra special for one South Carolina couple who was finally reunited with their adopted daughter.

12/2/2013

article Fight for Baby Desirai resembles Veronica case
(Oklahoma) -- Protesters lined up in front of the courthouse while attorneys rushed inside for a closed-door hearing, where a biological father was fighting for custody...

11/28/2013

article BLOG: The Baby Veronica Saga: Denial of a Father's Rights and Now a $1 Million Lesson
(Oklahoma) -- The last time most of us heard about the heart-breaking Baby Veronica case was several weeks ago, when the child's Native American father gave up his...

11/25/2013

article Tribe says sovereign immunity protects it from paying $1M attorney fees in Baby Veronica case
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee Nation says in court papers filed last week that sovereign immunity protects it from efforts to collect more than $1 million in legal fees by...

11/24/2013

article Baby Veronica: Cherokees blast Capobiancos' effort to recover legal fees
(Oklahoma) -- It's "inappropriate, unreasonable and unconscionable" for Baby Veronica's adopted parents to seek more than $1 million in legal fees, the...

11/23/2013

article Cherokee Nation Files Forceful Response to Capobiancos' copy Million Attorneys' Fees Suit
(Oklahoma) -- On Friday the Cherokee Nation came out swinging in their response to the motion filed weeks ago in Nowata, Oklahoma county court in Adoptive Couple v. Baby...

11/14/2013

article SUNRAY: Don't Let a South Carolina Judge Disenroll Baby Veronica
(Oklahoma) -- Hundreds of articles have been published and thousands of comments have been shared online. Tribes around the country have galvanized their support.

11/7/2013

article Cherokee Nation AG criticizes bid to collect legal fees in Baby Veronica case
(Oklahoma) -- Trying to collect legal fees from the Cherokee Nation in the Baby Veronica case, adoption attorneys are sending a message to other tribes, too, an official...
article Tribe to argue sovereignty in legal-fee demand
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee Nation will argue that tribal sovereignty makes it immune from a request for $1 million in legal fees in a custody battle over a 4-year-old...

11/6/2013

article Attorneys for Cherokee girl’s adoptive parents seek $1 million in legal fees
(Oklahoma) -- Attorneys for the adoptive parents of a 4-year-old girl caught up in a custody dispute have filed paperwork in Oklahoma seeking $1 million in legal fees...
article Baby Veronica case: Adoptive parents seek more than $1 million in legal fees from biological father, Cherokees
(Oklahoma) -- Eight weeks after taking custody of "Baby" Veronica, her adoptive parents are seeking more than $1 million in Oklahoma legal fees from the...
article Oklahoma, Washington attorneys for Capobiancos ask birth father, tribe to pay $1 million in Veronica legal fees
(Oklahoma) -- Attorneys for Matt and Melanie Capobianco want the biological father of the couple’s adopted daughter and an American Indian tribe to pay them more...

10/30/2013

article Adoptive parents in Baby Veronica case speak on 'Dr. Phil' show
(South Carolina) -- Speaking publicly for the first time since winning custody, Baby Veronica's adoptive parents promised Tuesday to keep her biological family a...

10/29/2013

article Baby Veronica case: Capobiancos to discuss return on today’s ‘Dr. Phil’ show
(South Carolina) -- Matt and Melanie Capobianco told the "Dr. Phil" television program that 4-year-old Veronica is adjusting well to her return to James Island...

10/23/2013

article BABY VERONICA: NCAI honors Dusten Brown at convention
(Oklahoma) -- The biological father of a Cherokee girl at the center of a lengthy custody dispute was honored in an elaborate ceremony on Oct. 15 by the National...

10/21/2013

article Baby Veronica & Baby Deseray: Don't Let Them Sell Our Babies!
(South Carolina) -- The recent cases of Baby Veronica and Baby Desaray make me fear for young adoptive children, especially those of color. The similarities of these two...

10/15/2013

article Baby Veronica's biological father honored at conference
(Oklahoma) -- At the end of an open-mic session Tuesday morning, delegates were still lining up to talk about tribal sovereignty when the sergeant at arms interrupted.
article Dusten Brown Honored At National Congress Of American Indians
(Oklahoma) -- The biological father of a toddler at the center of a custody battle was honored at the 70th annual National Congress of American Indians Tuesday morning.
article Father of Cherokee girl in Indian adoption case honored in Tulsa
(Oklahoma) -- The biological father of a Cherokee girl at the center of a lengthy custody dispute was honored in an elaborate ceremony Tuesday by the National Congress...

10/12/2013

article Veronica's Attorney: "There Remains Work to Do for Children and Indian Children"
(Oklahoma) -- Attorney Angel Smith was appointed to the represent the legal rights of Veronica Brown in court proceedings. With Dusten Brown and the Cherokee Nation...

10/11/2013

article Tribal Leaders Worry 'Baby Veronica' Case Sets Precedent Against ICWA
(Oklahoma) -- Leaders from Oklahoma's Five Civilized Tribes met in Tulsa Thursday. The Indian Child Welfare Act was a huge topic of discussion.
article Baby Veronica's biological dad ends fight: 'You'll always be my little girl'
(Oklahoma) -- The biological father of "Baby Veronica" is done fighting. In a news conference Thursday in Tulsa, Okla., Dusten Brown and the assistant attorney...

10/10/2013

article An Emotional Dusten Brown Drops All Legal Litigation to Regain Custody of Veronica
(Oklahoma) -- A broken and tearful Cherokee citizen Dusten Brown held a press conference this morning in Tulsa to let the nation know he was ending all legal litigation...
article Brown: No Longer Fair for Veronica to be in Middle
(Oklahoma) -- Dusten Brown and the Cherokee Nation are ending their legal challenges to the adoption of Baby Veronica. Brown has been in a legal battle with Matt and...
article Dusten Brown drops legal efforts to win back custody of 4-year-old Veronica
(South Carolina) -- The bruising, cross-country custody battle for 4-year-old Veronica came to an emotional close Thursday with her biological father conceding defeat in...

10/9/2013

article Baby Veronica case: Biological father to have press conference Thursday
(Oklahoma) -- Speaking publicly for the first time since losing custody of his biological daughter, Dusten Brown will have a press conference Thursday morning to discuss...
article Father-Daughter Singing Duo Release Video for Veronica Brown and Dad
(USA) -- Jorge Narvaez and his daughter Alexa became a Youtube sensation starting in 2010, when he strummed his guitar while singng a cover of Edward Sharpe and The...

10/3/2013

article Extradition warrant dropped, but Dusten Brown could still face legal issues in South Carolina
(South Carolina) -- Less than 24 hours before a court hearing was scheduled to start, officials dropped an extradition warrant against Baby Veronica's biological...

10/2/2013

article Baby Veronica case: Dusten Brown won't be sent to South Carolina
(Oklahoma) -- Less than 24 hours before a court hearing was scheduled to start, officials dropped an extradition warrant against Baby Veronica’s biological father...

9/30/2013

article Tribal members support Baby Veronica
(Oklahoma) -- The “Baby Veronica” case, as it has been dubbed, has split many throughout the country. Some say it’s a case of adoptive parental rights...

9/29/2013

article Baby Veronica handover prompted 'a lot of crying'
(Oklahoma) -- They told her to pick a few toys to take with her, but Veronica refused. "I don't want to go," she said, according to sources familiar with...
article Looking for lessons in the wrenching case of Baby Veronica
(California) -- It will take years to know if the right decision was reached in the case of Baby Veronica, the 4-year-old returned to her adoptive parents this week,...

9/28/2013

article "Baby Veronica" Lawsuit Damages Tribes' ICWA Authority
(South Dakota) -- A long battle over a little girl has apparently ended. Baby Veronica is going back to South Carolina to live with her adoptive parents.
article Chief Says Tribe Used Every Legal Avenue To Keep 'Baby Veronica' In Oklahoma
(Oklahoma) -- Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker says the nation "did everything possible" to stop a 4-year-old Cherokee girl from being...
article Financial sanctions against Veronica’s birth father, tribe considered as attorney calls for truce
(South Carolina) -- It took Dusten Brown seven weeks to acknowledge a Charleston judge’s adoption order and relinquish custody of his 4-year-old biological...
article South Carolina court could seek compensation from Dusten Brown, Cherokee Nation
(Oklahoma) -- Contempt of court proceedings in South Carolina could seek compensation from Dusten Brown and the Cherokee Nation for expenses that Baby Veronica's...
article An Emotional Reaction: Mothers, Adoptive Parents and Adoptees Speak Out About Baby Veronica's Removal
(USA) -- In the wake of Dusten Brown’s forced relinquishment of his biological daughter Veronica to Matt and Melanie Capobianco of South Carolina, birth mothers,...
article Rallies Scheduled Today for Standing Our Ground for Veronica Brown
(Oklahoma) -- Since Monday's transfer of four year old Veronica Brown from her biological father, Dusten Brown to the non-Native adoptive couple from South Carolina...
article South Carolina court could seek compensation from Dusten Brown, Cherokee Nation
(Oklahoma) -- Contempt of court proceedings in South Carolina could seek compensation from Dusten Brown and the Cherokee Nation for expenses that Baby Veronica's...
article Veronica supporters vow to fight on for reforms
(Oklahoma) -- Vowing to fight on for adoption reforms and tribal sovereignty, protestors gathered in downtown Tulsa “to grieve” Friday for Baby Veronica, who...
article Baby Veronica case stirs powerful emotions among adoptees
(California) -- Of all the people saddened by the news that the little girl named Veronica was forced to leave her biological father and return to her adoptive parents,...
article BLOG: Baby Veronica: Now the media bias for the Capobiancos begins
(USA) -- I thought there was nothing more to say about the Baby Veronica case but then I happened to come upon Susan Estrich today on Yahoo that totally makes me sick--...

9/27/2013

article $4,600 for SC deputies to escort Baby Veronica's adoptive parents
(South Dakota) -- It cost Charleston County just over $4,600 to send three sheriff's deputies to Oklahoma to assist and escort the adoptive parents from the county...
article Baby Veronica's biological father tells her in message he'll 'see you again'
(Oklahoma) -- Three days after giving his biological daughter back to her adoptive parents, Dusten Brown and his wife addressed a message directly to Veronica: "We...

9/26/2013

article Civil Rights Lawsuit Being Considered on Behalf of Baby Veronica
(Washington D.C.) -- Three of the nation's leading tribal organizations announced today during a telephone press conference they are in the early stages of pursuing...
article BLOG: The Taking of Native Children Throughout History
(South Dakota) -- I have been having so much thoughts about Veronica Brown, it has been unsettling. With the adoptive couple now suing the biological father for half a...
article BLOG: Understanding the Complex Case of Baby Veronica and Implications for Native American Sovereignty
(Oklahoma) -- Should a biological father be able to get his daughter back almost two years after she was adopted? What if the little girl was Native American and the...
article Dusten Brown issues statement on the transfer of his daughter, Veronica
(Oklahoma) -- The last few days without Veronica in our home have been more painful than words can describe. We are heartbroken at the loss of our daughter.
article Support Mounting for Dusten Brown on Facebook Page ‘Standing Our Ground for Veronica Brown’
(Oklahoma) -- After a nearly four-year legal battle through the Supreme Court and beyond, on September 23, white South Carolina couple Matt and Melanie Capobianco...

9/25/2013

article After 4 years and 2 states, Cherokee girl in disputed adoption case gets permanent home in SC
(South Carolina) -- For the first two years of her life, Veronica lived in South Carolina with her two adoptive parents. For the next two, she was in the custody of her...
article Capobiancos Sue Dusten Brown for Nearly Half a Million in Fees
(South Carolina) -- As Matt and Melanie Capobianco took possession of Veronica Brown on Monday night, another court action was brewing behind the scenes.
article Capobiancos ‘overjoyed’ to have Veronica back in their lives, birth father’s role uncertain
(South Carolina) -- Whether Dusten Brown ever sees his biological daughter again could hinge on whether Veronica’s adoptive parents give him that chance or on the...
article Gov. Fallin seeks halt to Baby Veronica's father's extradition to South Carolina
(Oklahoma) -- With Baby Veronica heading to South Carolina, Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin was looking for ways to avoid extraditing the girl's biological father, her...
article BLOG: With Sad Hearts, the Lost Daughters Welcome Baby Girl Veronica to the Sisterhood
(USA) -- As Lost Daughters of adoption, we've been following the heart-breaking legal progress of the case(s) to decide who has parental rights over Veronica.
article Cherokee Nation Attorney General Comments on Transfer of Veronica Brown
(Oklahoma) -- Four year old Veronica Brown was transferred from her biological father, Dusten Brown, to the non-Native South Carolina couple last evening after the stay...
article RICKERT: Seeking Justice for Veronica Brown
(Michigan) -- The news Monday out of Oklahoma that the Oklahoma Supreme Court had lifted the stay that allowed four year old Veronica Brown to remain within the circle...
article Transfer of Custody of Veronica Brown: Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Baker Responds
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee Nation released the following statement on the transfer of custody of Veronica Brown, who was taken from her Cherokee biological father and...

9/24/2013

article 'Baby Veronica' adoption case re-opens wounds for Native Americans
(Oklahoma) -- When a four-year-old Cherokee girl was reunited with her adoptive parents on Monday night, it potentially signaled the conclusion of a custody battle that...
article Adoptive parents take custody of Veronica from biological father
(Oklahoma) -- Baby Veronica’s biological family handed over the 4-year-old girl Monday night, giving her back to her adoptive parents from South Carolina. The...
article Cherokee Nation Mourns as Veronica Is Returned to Adoptive Family
(Oklahoma) -- In the end, it came down to one simple strategy: Waiting. As Dusten Brown faced the Damocles Sword of jail time and a felony warrant, Matt and Melanie...
article Legal battle over Native American girl comes to a poignant end
(Oklahoma) -- Was justice served Monday when a little girl called Veronica was taken from her biological father, a Cherokee, and returned to the white South Carolina...
article State court orders Baby Veronica to adoptive parents
(Oklahoma) -- Dusten Brown told his daughter Monday night that he loved her and would see her again. He packed two suitcases, one for clothes and one for toys, according...
article “I do not want to go! I do not want to go!” Screamed Veronica as She was Taken From Her Biological Father
(Oklahoma) -- Veronica Brown has been taken from her biological father. This happened within the hour from the Jack Brown House on the tribal land near Tahlequah,...

9/23/2013

article Baby Veronica case: Parents' negotiations end with no settlement
(Oklahoma) -- After a week of negotiations in an appeals court in Tulsa, the parents battling for custody of the child known as Baby Veronica did not reach an agreement...
article Biological dad returns 4-year-old Veronica to adoptive parents
(Oklahoma) -- The 4-year-old girl at the center of a lengthy, high-profile custody dispute between her Native American father and her adoptive parents has been returned...
article Capobianco attorney: Veronica 'safe, headed for South Carolina'
(Oklahoma) -- Two years. That's how long it's been since Matt and Melanie Capobianco have been able to tell their adopted daughter they were headed home. Now...
article Cherokee child handed over to adoptive parents
(Oklahoma) -- A South Carolina couple who vowed last month to not leave Oklahoma unless they went home with a 4-year-old Cherokee girl they have been trying to adopt...
article Cherokee girl caught in adoption dispute will return to adoptive parents
(Oklahoma) -- The Oklahoma Supreme Court returned the custody of "Baby Veronica," back to her adoptive, non-Native American parents. The trial raised questions...
article Okla. court lifts stay in Cherokee girl case
(Oklahoma) -- The Oklahoma Supreme Court says it's declining to take jurisdiction over the adoption dispute involving a Cherokee girl and has dissolved a stay that...

9/21/2013

article 5 days of mediation in Baby Veronica case bring no agreement
(Oklahoma) -- After five days of mediation in downtown Tulsa, negotiations apparently ended Friday with no final agreement between Baby Veronica's two sets of...
article Baby Veronica case: Parents back at Tulsa courthouse for fifth day
(Oklahoma) -- Negotiations apparently stretched into a fifth day as Baby Veronica's two sets of parents came back to a downtown Tulsa courthouse Friday morning.

9/20/2013

article Mediation Hearings Continue In 'Baby Veronica' Custody Case
(Oklahoma) -- Dusten Brown and Matt and Melanie Capobianco were back in court Friday. They've been working on a custodial agreement over 4-year-old Veronica all week.
article Supporters of Dusten Brown Wanted Outside Court of Appeals
(Oklahoma) -- Supporters of Cherokee Dusten Brown sent out a "Call to Action" late Thursday evening to have people come out Friday morning outside the Oklahoma...

9/19/2013

article Parents in court for third day in Baby Veronica case
(Oklahoma) -- Earlier this week, a row of reporters waited several hours for a glimpse of Baby Veronica's two sets of parents, and cameras followed them across the...

9/18/2013

article Baby Veronica court proceeding continues
(Oklahoma) -- Meeting for a second-straight day, Baby Veronica's competing sets of parents spent several hours at a downtown Tulsa courthouse Tuesday.

9/17/2013

article Baby Veronica's parents meet in Tulsa court
(Oklahoma) -- In the longest hearing yet since the custody battle moved to Oklahoma, Baby Veronica's two sets of parents faced off in a Tulsa courthouse for more...

9/16/2013

article Oklahoma Supreme Court takes up Veronica Brown's “Best Interest”
(Oklahoma) -- The Oklahoma State Supreme Court ruled on Friday said it has jurisdiction in the ongoing custody dispute involving Veronica Brown, a Cherokee Nation tribal...
article Veronica custody case moves to Tulsa courtroom
(Oklahoma) -- A hearing lasted most the day Monday in downtown Tulsa, where an appeals court considered the "Baby Veronica" custody dispute.
article Veronica custody case moves to Tulsa courtroom Monday
(Oklahoma) -- Baby Veronica's adoptive parents entered a downtown Tulsa courtroom Monday morning as the biological father continues an appeals process to keep...

9/15/2013

article Julie DelCour: From 'Baby Veronica' to the bones of Jim Thorpe
(Oklahoma) -- Someday Veronica Capobianco or Veronica Brown - whomever a judge eventually decides she is - will encounter the legacy of Oklahoma native son Jim Thorpe:...

9/14/2013

article Oklahoma Supreme Court: Baby Veronica to stay in state for time being
(Oklahoma) -- Baby Veronica will celebrate her fourth birthday with her biological father this weekend after the Oklahoma Supreme Court decided to keep her in the state...

9/13/2013

article UN official: Consider Cherokee girl’s rights
(Oklahoma) -- A United Nations official who focuses on the status of indigenous peoples called on state, federal and tribal authorities Tuesday to ensure that the rights...
article Veronica apparently will stay in Oklahoma during appeal
(Oklahoma) -- Baby Veronica will apparently stay with her biological father while he continues to appeal a decision to send her back to South Carolina, the Oklahoma...

9/12/2013

article 'Baby Veronica' Custody Battle Continues
(Florida) -- The U.S. Supreme Court may have decided almost three months ago the case known as Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl. But the young Native American girl known as...
article Commentary: Veronica Brown Custody Battle Price Tag to Send South Carolina Officers to OK For What?
(South Carolina) -- On the Thursday prior to Labor Day, Charleston County Sheriff Al Canon dispatched two of his deputies – along with a South Carolina State Law...
article Groups Argue Over Effectiveness Of Indian Child Welfare Act
(Oklahoma) -- An expert with the United Nations is speaking out for Veronica, the little girl caught in a years-long custody battle between her adoptive parents in South...
article In Baby Veronica case, some evangelicals side with adoptive parents
(California) -- The Baby Veronica case, named for the girl at the center of a contentious child custody dispute, has stirred powerful emotional responses from many...
article Praise for United Nations' Anaya Call for Veronica's Human Rights Protection
(Washington D.C.) -- The National Indian Child Welfare Association (NICWA), the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI), and Angel Smith, an independent attorney...

9/11/2013

article Battle for Baby Veronica presses on in Supreme Court
(Oklahoma) -- The turn of events in the “Baby Veronica” case has been heard in the U.S. Supreme Court and the Supreme courts of Oklahoma, South Carolina and...
article UN official issues statement on Veronica
(Oklahoma) -- Drawing international attention to the ongoing custody battle, a UN official demanded Tuesday that Oklahoma respect Baby Veronica’s “human...
article United Nations Demands Respect for Baby Veronica's Human Rights
(Oklahoma) -- Today the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights (OHCHR) in Geneva, Switzerland, issued a declaration demanding that the United...

9/10/2013

article To Oklahoma’s American Indian tribes, Veronica is a battle cry for cultures
(Oklahoma) -- Schoolchildren filled a dimly lit room. Government agents banged on the door and rushed in. The children were rounded up. They were plucked from their...
article UN official: Consider Cherokee girl's rights
(Oklahoma) -- A United Nations official focusing on the rights of indigenous people is calling on state, federal and tribal authorities to ensure that the rights of a...

9/8/2013

article Baby Veronica Still Locked in Custody Battle; Biological Father to be Extradited to South Carolina where Adoptive Parents Reside
(Oklahoma) -- Baby Veronica's biological father, Dusten Brown, is to be extradited to South Carolina, after false accusations surface of him interfering with a court...
article Dusten Brown files 2nd appeal with Oklahoma Supreme Court in Baby Veronica case
(Oklahoma) -- Baby Veronica's biological father filed a second appeal Friday with the Oklahoma Supreme Court, asking it to block orders to give the girl back to her...

9/7/2013

article Commentary: Two Heartless Governors Take American Indians Back to Wild, Wild West Days
(Michigan) -- In an article about the Oklahoma State Supreme Court issuing an emergency stay to the immediate transfer of Veronica Brown, on Tuesday The New York Times...
article Dusten Brown, Baby Girl's Father Speaks Out: "I Did Not Abandon My Daughter"
(Oklahoma) -- My daughter Veronica is a happy, bouncy, joyful, and much loved child. She is not a baby anymore. She's a little girl who looks forward to running to...

9/6/2013

article Baby Veronica case: Brown out on bond ahead of extradition hearing Oct. 3
(Oklahoma) -- Facing a governor's warrant for extradition to South Carolina, Baby Veronica's biological father spent roughly 15 minutes giving himself up to...
article Baby Veronica case: Dusten Brown files second appeal with state supreme court
(Oklahoma) -- Baby Veronica’s biological father filed a second appeal Friday with the Oklahoma Supreme Court, asking it to block orders that he give the girl back...
article The Feminist Defense for Baby Veronica's Dad and ICWA
(Massachusetts) -- When I began writing about the Baby Veronica case last May, I argued that feminists should care about the (then-pending) Supreme Court case because...
article South Carolina governor seeks return of Native American girl now
(South Carolina) -- South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley on Wednesday called on the Oklahoma Supreme Court to order immediately a 3-year-old Native American girl returned...
article OP/ED: I'm skeptical of a claim made in an Indian Country Today article about adoptions of Indian kids from North Dakota
(North Dakota) -- Is the Indian Child Welfare Act being ignored in adoptions of American Indian children from North Dakota?

9/5/2013

article 'Baby Veronica' birth father freed after surrendering
(Oklahoma) -- The biological father of "Baby Veronica," a Native American girl at the heart of a protracted custody battle, surrendered to Oklahoma police on...
article Biological father Dusten Brown surrenders in Baby Veronica case
(Oklahoma) -- The father of a Cherokee girl at the center of a custody dispute has surrendered to Oklahoma authorities amid claims he's interfering with parental...
article Fallin: Brown must return to S.C.
(Oklahoma) -- After Baby Veronica's adoptive parents were denied a visit with the girl, Gov. Mary Fallin decided Wednesday to send the child's biological father...
article Okla. Governor Signs Extradition Order; Dusten Brown Turns Himself In
(Oklahoma) -- Update: Dusten Brown has surrendered to Sequoyah County authorities in Sallisaw, Oklahoma, where he posted bail and was released on his own recognizance.
article The Capobiancos should stop fighting for custody of Baby Veronica
(South Carolina) -- Like many of you here in Charleston, I've followed the Baby Veronica case with great interest. And like many of you, when I first heard this...

9/4/2013

article Baby Veronica case goes before Oklahoma Supreme Court
(Oklahoma) -- After an 80-minute hearing Tuesday, the Oklahoma Supreme Court is considering whether to keep Baby Veronica in the state while the adoption appeals process...
article Baby Veronica case: Fallin signs extradition order for Dusten Brown
(Oklahoma) -- Saying the biological father of Baby Veronica is “not acting in good faith,” Gov. Mary Fallin has signed an extradition order to South Carolina...
article Baby Veronica case: Oklahoma Supreme Court issues emergency stay for father
(Oklahoma) -- A custody fight over a 3-year-old Cherokee girl shifted to Oklahoma's highest court Tuesday as lawyers gathered to discuss who should raise the child:...
article Oklahoma orders extradition of birth father in Native American child custody dispute
(Oklahoma) -- The high-profile case of a girl adopted by a South Carolina couple is moving toward another legal showdown after Oklahoma's governor ordered the...
article Oklahoma orders father's extradition in Native American adoption case
(Oklahoma) -- Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin on Wednesday ordered the biological father of a Native American girl known as Baby Veronica extradited to South Carolina to...

9/3/2013

article 'Baby Veronica' to stay with birth father for now: Oklahoma high court
(Oklahoma) -- A 3-year-old Native American girl known as "Baby Veronica" will not immediately be transferred from the custody of her Oklahoma biological father...
article New twist in Native American child custody dispute
(Oklahoma) -- A man who has been fighting for permanent custody of his daughter under Native American tribal law can continue to raise her for the moment in Oklahoma, a...
article OK Supreme Court issues stay in custody case
(Oklahoma) -- The Oklahoma Supreme Court has granted an emergency stay to keep a 3-year-old Cherokee girl with her biological father and plans to hear arguments from his...

9/2/2013

article Custody dispute goes to Okla. Supreme Court
(Oklahoma) -- An Oklahoma man who is seeking custody of his Cherokee daughter has appealed a lower court decision to the Oklahoma Supreme Court.

9/1/2013

article Cherokee tribe members show support for Dusten Brown at holiday
(Oklahoma) -- Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker never mentioned the Baby Veronica case at any point during his State of the Nation address on Saturday.
article Dusten Brown Wins Cherokee Medal
(Oklahoma) -- Dustin Brown of Nowata is part of a list of fourteen Cherokee citizens and four organizations that were honored becasue they made significant contributions...
article KEELER: Baby Veronica and Indian Sovereignty 50 Years After the March on Washington
(Washington D.C.) -- On August 12th, some 50 years after Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his "I Have A Dream" speech during the March On Washington, a Cherokee...
article The Sign's Message is Simple, but Looms Large Among American Indians
(South Carolina) -- The sign simply reads: "Native Children Belong with Native Families." It was among several signs outside the state Capitol last Saturday in...

8/31/2013

article Dusten Brown asks Oklahoma Supreme Court to block judge's order in Baby Veronica case
(Oklahoma) -- Three armed men - a Cherokee marshal, a Nowata County sheriff's deputy and a Nowata police officer - guarded the courtroom door Friday morning. They...

8/30/2013

article Biological father of Baby Veronica files appeal with Oklahoma Supreme Court
(Oklahoma) -- The biological father of Baby Veronica appealed a Nowata County Court ruling with the Oklahoma Supreme Court today, according to online court records.
article Nowata court hearing held Friday in Baby Veronica case
(Oklahoma) -- The custody battle for the child known as Baby Veronica is continuing this morning with a court hearing in the Nowata County Courthouse, where the adoptive...
article South Carolina sheriff sends deputies to Oklahoma in Baby Veronica case
(South Dakota) -- Charleston County Sheriff Al Cannon said Thursday that he has sent two of his deputies and a State Law Enforcement Division agent to Oklahoma in...

8/29/2013

article Another Oklahoma Adoption Case Mirrors 'Baby Veronica' Case
(Oklahoma) -- Another Oklahoma-born child is in the middle of a custody battle with a South Carolina family. Desirai was born in May to a Native American woman and a non...

8/28/2013

article James L. Stovall: 'Baby Veronica' case raises custody questions
(Oklahoma) -- Dusten Brown, the biological father of Baby Veronica, has stated that he was tricked into giving up his parental rights when presented with papers from the...

8/27/2013

article Cherokees rally for Dusten Brown in Baby Veronica case
(Oklahoma) -- Traditionally, the tribe would dance around an open fire, the flames representing the Cherokee Nation's connection to God.

8/26/2013

article Court asked to suspend visits between Veronica and her adoptive parents; judge recuses herself
(Oklahoma) -- Confirming that her adoptive parents are being allowed to see Baby Veronica, a Cherokee County court has been asked to suspend their visits until further...
article Lawyer: Adoptive parents can't see Cherokee girl
(Oklahoma) -- A lawyer appointed to look out for the best interests of a 3-year-old Cherokee girl at the center of an adoption dispute has asked a judge to suspend...
article Rally planned for family of Cherokee girl
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee Nation is holding a rally Monday to show support for the father of a 3-year-old Cherokee girl in the center of an adoption dispute.

8/25/2013

article Adoptive parents visit Baby Veronica, but future visits being challenged
(Oklahoma) -- Confirming that her adoptive parents are being allowed to see Baby Veronica, a Cherokee County court has been asked to suspend their visits until further...
article Baby Veronica case turning into battle over Indian Child Welfare Act
(Oklahoma) -- A few years ago, Johnston Moore drove his family across the country from California and stopped at an Indian reservation in northeast Kansas.
article Veronica case: Motion filed to suspend visits from Copobiancos
(Oklahoma) -- A motion is now on file to suspend any visits between a non-Native South Carolina couple and the three-year-old Cherokee child they have been attempting to...

8/24/2013

article BLOG: Baby Veronica: When Privilege and Entitlement Collide with a Child’s Best Interests
(USA) -- If you care about children and families, there are a couple of names you should learn more about today: Veronica Brown (aka ‘Baby Veronica’) and...

8/23/2013

article Baby Veronica Case Stirs Questions About Blood Quantum: Hear Our Special Report
(Oklahoma) -- The legal battle over custody of Veronica Brown has brought up a rarely asked question: Who is a Cherokee? The United States Supreme Court points out that...
article Still in dark about Veronica custody fight, supporters on both sides wage war online, at rallies
(South Carolina) -- While the people closest to the legal war over 3-year-old Veronica have been tight-lipped, their backers have taken the opposite approach.

8/21/2013

article Expert Says Cherokee Courts May Have Final Say In 'Baby Veronica' Case
(Oklahoma) -- The custody battle over little Veronica Brown has played out in many different courts over the past four years. It was first brought before a South...

8/20/2013

article Rally urges lawmakers to help keep Native American families together
(Oklahoma) -- Supporters of a Cherokee dad trying to keep custody of his 3-year-old daughter have urged Oklahoma legislators to help keep Native American families...

8/19/2013

article Baby Veronica Case: Capobianco Expert Recants Damning Report on Father
(Oregon) -- In the Summer of 2011, Jan Hunt received a request from a guardian ad litem, Jo Prowell, working on a custody case in South Carolina. Hunt, who lives in...
article Baby Veronica: Joint rally held to support Capobiancos and Brown on Sunday
(Oklahoma) -- Supporters for Baby Veronica's adoptive parents and biological father continued to organize and rally as the details of recent court proceedings remain...
article Capitol rally supports Veronica's father, Indian Child Welfare Act
(Oklahoma) -- About 40 people held a rally Monday outside the state Capitol to show support for Baby Veronica's biological father and the Indian Child Welfare Act....
article DREVESKRACHT: Why the Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl Ruling is so troubling…
(Washington) -- The Supreme Court’s decision in Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl is most certainly a blow to Indian sovereignty by way of an assault on core notions of...
article Native American Protestors Rally At State Capitol In Support Of 'Baby Veronica'
(Oklahoma) -- The saga over the custody of 3-year-old Veronica Brown continues into another week. Monday, supporters of her biological father, Dusten Brown, rallied at...
article Oklahoma City rally planned for Cherokee girl in custody dispute
(Oklahoma) -- A rally is scheduled in support of a Cherokee Nation girl at the center of a custody dispute.

8/18/2013

article Baby Veronica case: Victory unlikely for either side as mediation begins
(Oklahoma) -- Historians in the 19th century described Cherokee stickball as an ancient but brutal tradition, leaving players bloodied and bruised, sometimes even maimed...
article To Oklahoma’s American Indian tribes, Veronica is a battle cry for cultures
(Oklahoma) -- Schoolchildren filled a dimly lit room. Government agents banged on the door and rushed in. The children were rounded up. They were plucked from their...

8/17/2013

article "Baby Veronica" mediation agreement filed in court
(Oklahoma) -- Two families seeking custody of a 3-year-old girl filed a mediation agreement Friday while attending hearings in Oklahoma and tribal courts to determine...
article Baby Veronica case goes to mediation; gag order in effect after Friday's hearings
(Oklahoma) -- A painful drama unfolded in two courts Friday, with two families arguing to tribal and state judges that they are best able to care for the girl dubbed...
article Mediation deal reached during unexpected hearings in Veronica dispute, but details a mystery
(Oklahoma) -- Ryan Mackey got to know Dusten Brown when they were children in this city billed as the capital of the Cherokee Nation. But Mackey’s role when he...
article Protesters gather Saturday in favor of Baby Veronica; case goes to mediation
(Oklahoma) -- Wearing pink and chanting "stand your ground for Veronica Brown," about 50 protesters met Saturday afternoon in front of a state office building...

8/16/2013

article Baby Veronica case: Biological family, adoptive parents still meeting in court
(Oklahoma) -- A custody hearing has now stretched to nearly three hours at the Cherokee County courthouse, where Baby Veronica’s adoptive parents are the facing...
article Baby Veronica's biological family, adoptive parents arrive in court Friday morning
(Oklahoma) -- After talking compromise in recent days, Baby Veronica’s adoptive parents filed a motion Thursday in Cherokee County District Court to have her...
article Battle over Cherokee girl moves to 2 Okla. courts
(Oklahoma) -- The father of a 3-year-old girl at the center of a custody battle entered an Oklahoma county courthouse without his daughter Friday for a hearing about...
article MORON ALERT: Capobiancos Send 'The Locator' TV Star to Take Veronica From School
(Oklahoma) -- On Thursday, Matt and Melanie Capobianco declined several offers to visit with Veronica and quietly discuss her future with the Brown family. They instead...

8/15/2013

article Opposing sides in 'Baby Veronica' case talk compromise
(Oklahoma) -- Earlier this week in South Carolina, Baby Veronica's adoptive parents described her as being "kidnapped" and "held captive,"...
article Veronica custody saga hits close to home for one man
(South Dakota) -- The case of “Baby Veronica” -- an intense custody battle over a little girl of Native American heritage -- has captured national headlines...

8/14/2013

article Adoption facilitator working with Capobiancos
(Oklahoma) -- An adoption reunion facilitator spoke at the Capobiancos news conference on Wednesday. FOX23's Melissa Hawkes did some research about Troy Dunn and...
article Adoptive Family of Baby Veronica Holds News Conference in Tulsa
(Oklahoma) -- The adoptive parents of Baby Veronica are in Oklahoma, planning to take their daughter back home to South Carolina. The couple held a news conference at a...
article Adoptive parents of Baby Veronica, Matt and Melanie Capobianco, in Oklahoma to take daughter home
(Oklahoma) -- The adoptive parents of "Baby Veronica," a Cherokee child at the center of a custody fight, spoke Wednesday about their struggle to regain...
article Oklahoma Governor Caves; Now Ready to Extradite Baby Veronica's Dad
(Oklahoma) -- This morning, after a downtown Tulsa press conference in which Matt and Melanie Capobianco made an emotional plea for the return of Veronica Brown to them...
article Oklahoma governor seeks end to Native American adoption fight
(Oklahoma) -- Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin on Wednesday stepped up pressure on the biological father of "Baby Veronica," a 3-year-old Native American girl...
article Baby Veronica's adoptive parents arrive in Tulsa
(Oklahoma) -- As Gov. Mary Fallin announced Tuesday that she wouldn’t act soon to extradite Baby Veronica’s father to South Carolina, the child’s...
article Capobiancos in Oklahoma on quest to bring Veronica home, press conference set for today
(Oklahoma) -- The adoptive parents of a 3-year-old girl caught in a cross-country custody battle will hold a press conference in Oklahoma Wednesday morning as part of...
article Custody Battle Continues Despite Ruling by Justices
(Colorado) -- It has been nearly two months since the Supreme Court ruled that an American Indian child should not have been taken from her white adoptive parents in...
article Fallin Receives Request To Surrender Nowata's Dusten Brown
(Oklahoma) -- Governor Mary Fallin's office says it has received a request from South Carolina's Governor to extradite the father of a little girl caught in a...
article OP/ED: Baby Veronica Is a Victim of Colonial Domination
(USA) -- Baby Veronica’s adoption case reminds us that our fate as Indian people is still too often in the hands of colonizers and the systems they created—...
article OP/ED: Lost in the Court Proceedings has been the Best Interest of Veronica
(Oklahoma) -- The bitter custody case between Cherokee Dusten Brown and a non-Native adoptive couple who vying for three year old Veronica Brown has all the makings of a...

8/13/2013

article Baby Veronica's Adoptive Parents Arrive In Oklahoma
(Oklahoma) -- The adoptive parents of an Oklahoma girl at the center of an emotional custody battle arrived in Oklahoma Tuesday. They'll hold a news conference...
article Birth father arrested in 'Baby Veronica' adoption fight
(South Carolina) -- The biological father of a Native American child was arrested Monday after defying a court order to return the girl to her adoptive parents, the...
article Fallin's office receives extradition warrant for Baby Veronica's father
(Oklahoma) -- Gov. Mary Fallin’s office today received a signed warrant from the governor of South Carolina seeking the extradition of Dusten Brown, the father of Baby...
article S. Carolina gov. signs extradition order for Veronica's father Dusten Brown, Fallin won't sign yet
(South Carolina) -- South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley signed an extradition order Monday for Dusten Brown, the biological father of a Cherokee child at the center of a...
article Baby Veronica: U.S. Doesn't Respect or Understand Native Culture
(USA) -- A note from Ray Cook, ICTMN Opinions Editor: The political and legal ramifications of the Baby Veronica case has, in broad strokes, done two things. First, it...
article BLOG: I keep saying "watch out world I'm going to post about the Baby Veronica case someday" and so... here it is.
(California) -- Finally. My post about the "Baby Veronica even though she isn't a baby anymore and has been living with her loving, caring father for the past two years...
article Myth vs. Fact
(Oklahoma) -- 1. “He signed his rights away.” TRUTH: “It is undisputed that the only consent document Father ever signed was a one-page ‘Acceptance of Service’ stating...
article RUSSELL: What Baby Veronica's Adopters Should Know About Her Cherokee Roots
(Texas) -- I mean you no harm. If I meant you harm, I would start by using your name. Every literate Cherokee knows your name. At the time before the Trail of Tears, the...
article Some Disturbing Facts About Baby Veronica's Birth Mother
(Oklahoma) -- It was the end of a long, bizarre week in which the ongoing battle between Dusten Brown and Matt and Melanie Capobianco became even more contentious with...

8/12/2013

article 'Custodial Interference': Dusten Brown Turns Himself In
(Oklahoma) -- Dusten Brown turned himself into authorities at a tribal court hearing today in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, according to Cherokee Nation Attorney General Todd...
article Baby Veronica's Father Accused of 'Custodial Interference' Felony
(Oklahoma) -- After Dusten Brown was charged last Monday in a Charleston, South Carolina courtroom with failing to appear on Sunday for a scheduled four-hour visitation...
article Cherokee Father Dusten Brown Arrested; Out on $10,000 Fugitive Bond
(Oklahoma) -- Dusten Brown, the Cherokee citizen who is the biological father of Veronica, has turned himself into law enforcement authorities today, Monday, August 12...
article Dusten Brown Posts $10K Bond, Released
(Oklahoma) -- Dusten Brown paid his $10,000 bail and has been released. He turned himself into authorities at a 9 a.m. tribal court hearing today in Tahlequah, Oklahoma.
article Dusten Brown, biological father of 'Baby Veronica', turns self in to Oklahoma authorities
(Oklahoma) -- The biological father of "Baby Veronica" has turned himself in to Oklahoma authorities. Cherokee Nation Attorney General Christi Nimmo tells...
article Nowata Authorities Won't Take Baby Veronica Without Order From OK Courts
(Oklahoma) -- The adoptive parents of 3-year-old Veronica are demanding Oklahoma authorities to "help get the girl back to South Carolina."
article BLOG: The UGLY MESS surrounding #BabyVeronica
(Massachusetts) -- Have you watched the TV program WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE, a not-so-subtle sales pitch for the Mormon’s expensive website ancestry.com?
article DEMEYER: The Baby Veronica Case: David vs. Goliath
(Massachusetts) -- As I’ve watched the custody dispute unfold over the nearly four-year-old Cherokee girl known as Baby Veronica, I’ve felt as if this little...
article Response to Cherokee Nation’s Statement
(South Carolina) -- The Cherokee Nation has issued the following statement, as reported in Tulsa World today, in response to today’s events: “Not only is the...
article Updated: Father of 'Baby Veronica' to be in tribal court on Monday
(Oklahoma) -- Facing an arrest warrant for not giving Baby Veronica back to her adoptive parents, Dusten Brown remained missing Sunday, after the Oklahoma National Guard...

8/11/2013

article Baby Veronica's biological father faces arrest after failing to return her to South Carolina 'immediately'
(Oklahoma) -- Nearly 500 miles from his daughter, Baby Veronica's biological father could be arrested Sunday morning when he reports back to duty at a military base in...
article Baby Veronica's family says arrest of her father won't stop their fight
(Oklahoma) -- A 3-year-old girl does not come home every day from preschool to find a news photographer in her bedroom. "Is it weird that I'm here?" the photographer...

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