Levi Rickert, editor-in-chief in Entertainment. Discussion »
TULSA, OKLAHOMA With a district court gag order in place for those directly involved in the Veronica Brown custody battle, the Brown family has not spoken publically in over a week about the case.
However, American Indians have begun to rally in the Brown family's defense in streets in Oklahoma and today at 1:30 pm edt outside the state Capitol in Columbia, South Carolina. Other rallies are planned in various communities, as far away as Seattle, Washington.
Last Saturday, American Indian supporters of Cherokee Dusten Brown, who is in a battle to keep custody of his soon-to-be four year old daughter, Veronica, rallied outside the Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin's Tulsa office to voice their support of him.
Supporters carried signs with messages written on them. Among the messages were: "Culture matters - Keep Veronica home;" "Standing our ground 4 Veronica Brown;" "Veronica belongs with her daddy" and "Father's have rights too!"
Levi Keehler, a tribal citizen of the Cherokee Nation Oklahoma, who lives in Tahlequah journeyed to Tulsa to support Dusten Brown with a sign that read:
“I went to the rally to support the rights of fathers,”
commented Keehler. He also mentioned he is a supporter of the Indian Child Welfare Act.
A single father with two sons has been watching the Veronica Brown custody battle with interest. Keehler is a behavioral health and substance abuse counselor.
This week's Photo of the Week was taken by Linda Sacks, who covered the rally for the Native News Network.
Keehler's sign sends a strong message that should resonate throughout Indian country and beyond.
posted August 24, 2013 7:57 am edt