|Updated: 8/26 10:10 pm
||Published: 8/26 10:03 pm
A circle of support surrounded Dusten Brown. Dozens of voices said what he could not.
"The truth is, the child should have never left and she had a loving father," said Chief Bill John Baker.
"We feel passionate about our people, we're Cherokee," said supporter Tana Washington.
The Cherokee Nation has been standing in favor of Brown, baby Veronica's biological father.
"It brings a tear to my eye knowing that the Cherokee Nation is behind me and my family," said Brown.
Court records show mediation has been filed in the custody dispute over 3-year-old Veronica. Long before cameras and lawyers got involved, the Cherokee Nation had been praying.
"I pray every day that the Lord will do what's right," said Washington.
Everyone at the gathering said that means Veronica should be with Brown.
"Adoption agencies should've done the right thing when they knew that baby was Cherokee," said Washington.
Veronica has been back and forth calling her adoptive parents, the Capobiancos mom and dad, and the same with Brown.
"It brings a tear to my eye," said Brown.
Brown pressed claims under the Indian Child Welfare Act, but the U.S. Supreme Court said the act didn't apply. A South Carolina court awarded the Capobiancos custody in July.