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Area tribes react to Baby Veronica outcome

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Reported by: Farron Salley
Updated: 10/10/2013 5:17 pm Published: 10/10/2013 4:38 pm

FOX23 is hearing from other Indian tribes about Dusten Brown's decision to stop fighting for custody of his daughter, Veronica.

Area tribal leaders were at a south Tulsa hotel for an inter-tribal council's quarterly meeting on Thursday.

The news that Brown has dropped his pursuit for custody sparked some skepticism about the legal system.

"To a large degree the supreme courts, whether it was federal or state level, did not do their homework on the child welfare laws," said Muscogee Nation Chief George Tiger.

Tiger says what happen to Brown reflects the poor knowledge that U.S. officials have about Indian laws.

"Our state officials as well as federal officials, really to a large degree, need to educate themselves about who we are as tribal peoples, about our various laws that we have in place," he said.

And he's not the only one who sees it that way.

"It's apparent that the legal system does not support that and whether we like it or not that's what we live by," said Bill Anoatubby the Chickasaw Nation governor.

As for what impact this final conclusion, Veronica staying with the Capiobiancos will have, Tiger says, "Only time will tell."

Both tribal leaders told FOX23 about the cultural significance of learning the tribal language and customs.

"Families want to keep their families together and Indian people are no different than that, we want our families to stay together," said Anoatubby.

He told FOX23 the welfare of the child should be considered the number one priority.

"But there's this added component I believe of culture and language and all that makes it important for our Indian kids to stay with Indian families, particularly members of their own family," he said.

Tiger says Brown's lost custody battle reflects an uneducated legal system.
"I think it's important for us as tribal leaders to unite on this particular case and the outcome of it because it does threaten sovereignty as we see it," said Tiger.

Sovereignty he said that includes raising their children to learn the heritage of their people. And Veronica will miss out.

"We take pride in making sure that our children are placed in a way that tradition and culture is a big part of who they are," he said.

Tiger told FOX23 this is something lots of tribes across the nation are talking about and it will be discussed when the National Congress of American Indians meets in Tulsa next week.

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Samantha - 10/11/2013 5:14 PM
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This has nothing to do with being Native American. Veronica is a human-being who lost her family due to an unethical adoption industry and a court system that refused to honor her civil right to a best interest hearing.

John C - 10/11/2013 7:19 AM
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Well Folks a person ask if and how Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma (CNO) asserted sovereign status and jurisdictional authority in the Veronica case? And my answer is something all Tribes should look at, as who is to blame for this travesty of injustice to the Cherokee family the Browns. I said: They have not Plain and simple, and assertion of Sovereign status would have been someone at CNO declaring this situation is a jurisdictional matter of the Cherokee Nation, "AND WE WILL HANDLE IT" all they did was pray for mercy in the Oklahoma courts standing beside Brown! But paying his way at least... I suspect the adoptive couples lawyers read this link on the UKB page gave CNO an ultimatum, back off or lets got to court and see what you are, CNO said Ok, because they know what they are, and went to work on Brown, with give up is our only option! And as I said if one wants to see Sovereign Status in action just watch the Baby Desarae Case in the Absentee Shawnee Nation, they will either take jurisdiction of the matter and demonstrate what sovereign status is and means, or they will buckle like CNO did and Oklahoma will rule over them just as with CNO... We shall see!!

sierrafox - 10/11/2013 3:50 AM
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I see you are another victim of Sarah Munday's and Nightlight Adoption Agencies PR campaign to discredit an amazing human being (Dusten Brown) and play on fools to accept lies as fact even in the face of truth (Court documents including the South Carolina District Court Ruling by Judge Malphrus which found that the Birth Mother was not a credible witness, and that Dusten was in fact a "thwarted father") Go crawl back into your hole with such blatant misinformation and lies. You are supporting state sanctioned child kidnapping. There have always been accessories to crimes against humanity. Consider yourself one also.

BirchFox - 10/10/2013 6:16 PM
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Maybe they should discuss dead beat dads, extorting single mothers, inherent racism in Tribal laws disguised as "Indian Rights" and the raging abuse culture in Tribes at the big Tribal meet up.
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