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“When her interest is heard she will stay with her tribe,”
stated an impassioned Principal Chief Bill John Baker as the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma showed their undivided support for Veronica and Dusten Brown with a traditional Cherokee Friendship Dance and a rally on the grounds of the tribal headquarters in Tahlequah yesterday.
The crowd, filled with supporters from other American Indian tribes and nations, non-tribal residents of the community, Indian Child Welfare Act supporters and many of the Cherokee Nation's administration. Deputy Chief Joe Crittenden and former Principal Chief Joe Byrd were all met with many thanks and a great deal of gratitude from Dusten Brown and Principal Chief Baker.
“The support brings a tear to my eye,”
expressed an emotional Brown.
“We are a strong people and we will hold our heads high.”
Baker finding it hard to maintain his composure passionately expressed the Nation's position in the ongoing case for Cherokee Nation's Veronica Brown.
“Veronica Brown, a Cherokee citizen, deserves the best we can offer whether it's our thoughts, prayers, or our lawyers,”
said Baker adding a pledge of,
“100 percent support to the end.”
A member of the Navajo Nation from Crown Point, New Mexico and supporter of the Brown's, Mara Hubbard expressed the need to respect culture and the Cherokee culture.
“The Cherokee culture is not only important to the Cherokee people but it is obviously important to everyone here because of their values and their presence in this city and in this state and it is something to be extremely proud of,”
“We should desire this for all children.”
Although believed to be with family in Oklahoma, Veronica's whereabouts was not disclosed due to a gag order at Monday's rally.
posted August 27, 2013 11:52 am edt