Levi Rickert, editor-in-chief in Native Challenges. Discussion »
OKLAHOMA CITY After six days of negotiations between Cherokee Dusten Brown and the non-Native adoptive South Carolina proved futile, the Oklahoma State Supreme Court on Monday afternoon lifted the stay that has allowed four year old Veronica to stay with her American Indian family.
A "stay" is a temporary stoppage of a lower court's ruling.
They have been residing temporarily on Cherokee Nation tribal land in the capital city of the tribal nation in Tahlequah, Oklahoma.
With the gag order still in effect, it is difficult to get firsthand information regarding particulars of the case that has spanned from South Carolina, Washington DC or Oklahoma.
However, a settlement judge has been talking to the Tulsa World which reported negotiations ended earlier Monday, after a weeklong attempt to resolve the issue.
“It is a procedurally and substantively complex case, which we simply were unable to resolve by a settlement agreement. As a consequence, the settlement conference was adjourned this morning, and the parties and their attorneys instructed that all gag orders remain operative and in effect,”
the settlement judge told the Tulsa World.
Several sources unrelated to the family have told the Native News Network it may take a tribal court to enforce the issue.
Since the Browns have been staying on tribal land, it may take a tribal court to enforce any transfer of Veronica to the non-Native adoptive couple, according to sources.
Dusten Brown and Veronica are tribal citizens of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma. Brown has been relentlessly fighting for the right to raise his daughter, Veronica, for since he returned from service in Iraq, where he was awarded medals for his service defending his country.
posted September 23, 2013 5:50 pm edt