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In other words, that one page document was mixed around with some other papers and was presented falsely to him.
The South Carolina courts did the right thing in 2011 by saying it was her best interest to be with her father. That could have been the end of it and her story could have said that, "She lived happily ever after with her father and family. But it didn't and now this is when things started to get ugly and scary."
While Veronica is at home in Oklahoma enjoying her life with her father, there was a battle that Dusten and his lawyers were fighting in the US Supreme Court. During this time it started getting worse with the hatred towards him and the Cherokee people. The people really weren't receiving all the information. I have even experienced some of that venomous racism myself when a person would find out I was Cherokee. We started hearing people say that for Veronica to be adopted would save her and they would say it is the Christian charitable duty for the adoptive couple to do. I take that personally because not only am I Cherokee, but I am also a Christian. Because of that, I have to say something about this. I understand I am talking to a variety of people with different beliefs and backgrounds. That is your right and I respect it. I just feel as me, being a Christian, I need to say this.
For people to say that adopting Veronica in God's name to save her is despicable. Save her from what? A loving family and father who gives her the love and security that she needs. That media circus back in 2011 was not loving, nor did it provide the security that she needed. Hearing people say that just reminds me of a horrible past that still haunts we Native people today. It reminds me of the so called missionaries who came to cleanse the Indian from being an Indian. Pray or be shot. We will beat the Indian out of you. You must work and be our slaves in order to be saved. We will cut your hair and take away everything there is that is Indian about you.
My God is a just God and a God of love. My God doesn't use lies and deceit to do his work. Nowhere in my Bible, which I have read front to back many times, does it say that it is ok to take a child from her loving family because you have a bigger house and can afford private school. That is scary. This not just about Native Americans, this is all races. What about the single mothers/fathers who love their children very much but can't give their children all the "fancy-smancy" stuff that some people think a child has to have in order for it to be happy. Does it give somebody the right to take these parents children away because they are wealthier? How about the father who decided to man up and be a good dad? Does this mean he can never be a part of his children's life and there is no hope for him? I know here in South Carolina in the African American community that there is a strong push for fathers to be fathers and more involved with their children. How can they when they see how the legislature here in South Carolina treats the father. Dusten isn't the only father fighting here in South Carolina.
Now, let me go ahead and tell you what my Bible does say.
My Bible says do not lie. There have been lies and deceit through the adoption process.
My Bible says do not steal. Veronica was stolen from her family and tribe in OK
My Bible says do not have other God's before me. Money has been the god in this case. Children are being sold or kidnapped every day because someone is willing to pay the price to have them.
I ask Governor Haley, South Carolina Attorney General Wilson and US Attorney General Eric Holder to open an investigation into this adoption agency. There are many facts coming up to the surface that are raising many questions. Truth and justice needs to prevail.
Organizations and people with that kind of attitude I just described is what caused Congress to act and write the Indian Child Welfare Act, which is known as ICWA.
The ICWA was made into law to "protect the best interests of Indian children and to promote the stability and security of Indian tribes and families." This act was not written ages ago like some ignorant journalists portrayed. This act was written in 1978. The same year I was born, and I'm not old.
Before this act, so many child were being taken away from their families and tribes just because they were native. This was part of the government's way to try to destroy the tribes. The boarding schools or white families who adopted these children told them that their parents didn't love them and want them. They stripped them of their culture. These same children who are living today are still affected by this abuse they received. None of us tribal people have forgotten this. It is not about race but about culture. Not only did this act protect our children, but it solidified more of our tribal sovereignty. People who are attacking the ICWA and using other people to attack it have a bigger agenda. They know by destroying the ICWA, it will greatly weaken tribal sovereignty. With that weekend not only could they take our children but they also could take our land. We will not allow this to happen as long as we still have a breath in us.
Unfortunately, the United States Supreme Court failed their people. For one thing, two of the justices should have excluded themselves from the case since they are adoptive parents. Seeing how they voted makes one think that they came into this case with prejudice views.
posted August 26, 2013 6:00 am edt