Nancy Edens Loriot in Native Condition. Discussion »
Editor's Note: The following speech was given by Nancy Edens Loriot, who coordinated the "Standing Our Ground for Veronica Brown" Rally at the state Capitol in Columbia, South Carolina on Saturday, August 24.
My name is Nancy Edens Loriot, and I am a member of the Cherokee Nation. The Cherokee Nation nor anyone else asked me personally to head up this rally. I was born and raised in the South, but always felt sad that I couldn't do anything for my people. I have been keeping up with Veronica's story from the start. It touched my heart and soul.
I volunteered to coordinate this rally with Standing our Ground for Veronica Brown and here we are. Our group consists of Native Americans and brother and sisters who are not native but have the same like mind. And that is to keep Veronica home in Oklahoma. We don't have a big public relations firm to help us just the Great Spirit and spirit of everyone who loves Veronica and supports Dusten.
She used to be this small baby and still new to her surroundings and the people she was with. Keep in mind now that she is a beautiful little girl who is about to turn four years old. Who is very aware of her surroundings and knows she is with her dad and family who love her.
So many facts and truths to this case involving Dusten's story have been ignored or twisted so that it is like trying to see through a jungle to know the truth. Especially living here in South Carolina and the news we were receiving. There had been such a one sided view in the media that by the time Dusten came to pick up his daughter, everyone hated him because they didn't know the truth. Instead of being able to meet quietly to pick up his daughter in the location agreed upon by both parties, he was forced to have to go to another location at the last minute because a media circus was created by the other party and they wanted to change the venue to where the circus was.
All he wanted was what was best for his daughter and for her not to be pushed in the limelight and not be hovered around by reporters and their cameras. Very understandable. You wouldn't want that for your child either. Because of the media circus, the venue was changed to the lawyer's office. There in the lawyer's office, he met Veronica and a bond of love formed between them that most people could never understand, and no one could ever break. I am a Daddy's girl, and I know that bond. It is a bond that lasts a life time.
Dusten is a warrior and father who has been fighting for Veronica ever since he was notified of the adoption. To say that he didn't start to care about her until two years after she was born is false information that has been circling around in some news outlets. He was lied to and deceived at the beginning and quickly went to battle when he found out his daughter was out of state and adopted. That adoption from the beginning was done in a sneaky fashion. Even some parties admitted in court that they knew from the start that they would have issues with the father and the Indian Child Welfare Act.
With her not being mentioned as having Cherokee blood and her father's name not being correct on the adoption paperwork, they were able to sneak her out of Oklahoma, unknown to the Cherokee tribe and her family. They knew if they got her to South Carolina the laws would be more favorable to them. The adoption agency and their lawyers have portrayed what appears to be crookedness throughout the adoption process and in my opinion, need to be investigated.
Even right now as I speak there is also another Native child, Baby Desirai, of the Shawnee tribe, that they snuck out of Oklahoma into South Carolina for adoption without the father's nor the tribe's permission. South Carolina is starting to have a reputation of if you have money you can buy a native child and bring it back here and nothing will be done about it because their adoption rules are weak and they keep changing the rules.
Some people say, "Well, he signed his rights away." No he didn't. This is what the South Carolina Supreme Court said.
It is undisputed that the only consent document Father ever signed was a one page "Acceptance of Service" stating he was not contesting the adoption, which was purportedly presented for Father's signature as a prerequisite to the service of a summons and complaint. Thus, Appellants did not follow the clear procedural directives of section 1913(a) in obtaining Father's consent.
posted August 26, 2013 9:40 am edt