Baby Veronica Latest: Dusten Brown Supporters Gather at State Capitol
By Caitlin Alexander
Several dozen people gathered outside the State Capitol Monday afternoon to support Baby Veronica staying in Oklahoma with her birth father, Dusten Brown.The group held signs, prayed, and played native music outside the south plaza of the capitol in Oklahoma City. It aimed to show the community and elected officials the ongoing relevance of the Indian Child Welfare Act."We think that raising our native children in a native home is crucial and vital to the survival of our culture and identity," said rally attendee Chebon Kernell. He brought his six-month-old son. He is Seminole and said he is standing with Cherokee Nation to support Brown's effort to keep his daughter."Idle No More Central Oklahoma" and "Standing Our Ground for Veronica Brown" organized the rally.Governor Mary Fallin's office said she supports both sides working cooperatively."As long as they are working to do that, Governor Fallin will not expedite review of the extradition request for Mr. Brown," wrote Fallin's office in an email.Over the weekend, people gathered in Tulsa to pray for both sides in the custody battle. One person said Veronica's adoptive parents have been shown hostility during their time in Oklahoma.Brown has appeared in tribal and county court Friday with Veronica's adoptive parents, Matt and Melanie Capobianco. The South Carolina couple continues to argue that a court in their home state has ruled Veronica return to their care. Cherokee Nation has argued that Brown is still due his time in court. A judge has put a gag order on hearings, so neither side may speak on the case currently.Brown posted bond last week for a "custodial interference" charge. He failed to appear at a mandatory meeting in South Carolina. He had reportedly been out of state at National Guard training.
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