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SEATTLE There will be an Idle No More Standing Our Ground for Veronica Brown Rally on Monday September 2 from 1:00 - 3:00 pm, at Westlake Park, 401 Pine Street in Seattle, Washington.
The rally will assemble outside Westlake Center at 1:00 pm.
The rally is in solidarity with the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma. The organizers have called this rally to celebrate the signing of the Cherokee Constitution. The celebration pays homage to the tribe's strength. It also pays tribute to the past, when the Cherokees were driven from the Deep South on the "Trail of Tears."
On this Signing Day, a special salute to Veronica Brown.
“We support Dusten Brown who has the right to raise his daughter, Veronica Brown. This innocent child is at the center of an adoption dispute that has long-term and far-reaching effects on Native children, Native families, and the Indian Child Welfare Act,”
commented Sweetwater Nannauck, spokesperson for Idle No More in Seattle.
“The unethical adoption of Veronica by Matt and Melanie Capobianco must not stand when Veronica has a loving father and family to raise her and care for her. The Supreme Court's decision does not diminish tribes' ability to assert their rights in Indian Child Welfare Act cases,”
Nancy Miller of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma will speak of the Cherokee Nation's Signing Day and the ongoing support for Cherokee citizen Dusten Brown's custody.
Other speakers for the day will be Cecile Hansen, Duwamish Tribal Chairwoman, to address local concerns of unrecognized tribal members regarding adoptions. Ellany Kayce, former chair of the Washington Indian Child Welfare Committee and Lisa Powers an Everett-based foster licenser for the state Department of Social and Health Services.
posted September 2, 2013 7:30 am edt