This is a complete travesty within the justice system in both South Carolina and Oklahoma. Apparently when it comes to corruption in the adoption industry, laws don't apply, that is if you happen to be non-Indian. Greed, extreme selfishness, and lack of a child's best interest supersedes all laws and morality. South Carolina and Oklahoma have a black eye in the eyes of the world. When our states support human trafficking through illegal adoptions and kidnapping our whole country loses credibility in the field of human rights. We should all be ashamed.
This article was truthful, insightful and relevant. I am amazed how the very few negative comments here seem to arise from a sense of hatred. I have a question for those of you who think ICWA is racist. Now remember why ICWA was enacted (because of the forced removal of Native children). Have you known of any forced mass removal of children in the African American population? How about in Jewish communities? Are there any Irish elders that remember mass removals of Irish children in the U.S.? What about British or German children? Honestly I cannot think of another race n the United States that has experienced this historical travesty. I can only compare the loss of this magnitude to the Jews in both World Wars. Had the U.S. not stepped in to save the Jewish people, there may not be any left in the world. Well before the World Wars another holocaust happened right here on American soil. It is important to know what you're talking about before you start talking otherwise, you just sound foolish. Where on earth did anyone get the idea that Justen Brown was abusive to Veronica. I'm pretty much in the thick of things and I've never heard one mention of such an accusation. Someone is stirring the pot to force it to boil when there is no fire beneath it.
I guess my thoughts on this are: 1. This case should never have been made public, it's a violation of Veronica's rights since the child's identity in custody cases or any case involving a minor is protected. Taking it public victimized Veronica and probably will for years to come. Unscrupulous people will undoubtedly try to profit by writing books and making movies about this case. 2. ICWA applies to all Native American children regardless of the circumstances. 3. If the Capobianco's are really interested in the well being of this child and love her the way they say they do, why hire a PR firm and travel with a reality T.V. show host? They haven't protected her at all. 4. The biological mother did in fact legally give up custody. That means she has no rights, no opinions, no involvement what so ever. Once she signed those papers she should have no influence over what happens to Veronica. 5. Dusten Brown never signed away his rights legally. When he discovered what he had signed, he immediately tried to take back the paper and was threatened with being arrested. 6. It's a complicated case because it was based on deception by the bio mother, her attorney, the adoptive couples attorney's and the couple themselves. Bio mother did everything she could to prevent Dusten Brown being identified as Cherokee. 7. Dusten Brown will go to prison rather than give up his daughter. I don't know about South Carolina but Oklahoma's governor has committed political suicide. The Cherokee Nation provides millions of dollars to the state and she has betrayed the citizens she vowed to protect. I hope what ever profit she's gaining from this is worth it.
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