Levi Rickert, editor-in-chief in Entertainment. Discussion »
OKLAHOMA CITY Penny Moore Nye is a passionate woman who believes in getting her point across. She is a supporter of Cherokee Dusten Brown, the biological father of Veronica, who is at the center of a bitter custody battle that encompasses two states: Oklahoma and South Carolina.
Nye, who has been at least two rallies in support of the Browns that this publication knows about, is quick to point out she is not an American Indian, but feels this custody battle goes beyond an American Indian issue.
Nye is a supporter families staying together.
“This not ONLY about Native Americans!,”
Nye told the Native News Network recently in a telephone conversation.
With her tenacity, Nye thought she would take her message all the way to the Oklahoma governor's mansion. She took the opportunity last Saturday on a day the state celebrates "Septemberfest."
Septemberfest is a day the Oklahoma governor's mansion grounds are open for the general public to come to enjoy entertainment and even meet the OK Governor.
With a play on word, Nye decided to organize what she called "StandurFest" and showed up at the governor's mansion with flyers in hand so she and her fellow supporters could hand them out. She wanted to deliver her message to Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin personally.
So on last Saturday, September 7, Nye showed up with others at the governor's mansion.
In spite of tight security surrounding Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin, Nye worked her way to have a small audience with the governor to give her a flyer about Veronica Brown.
“I reached for her hand and gave her a flyer. I put my other hand on top of hers. 'No daddy should ever have to fight for four years to take care of his own baby,'
recounted Nye.“I told her; 'You would not want to fight four years to fight to take care of your own baby.' We were looking at each other eye to eye and I could see her eyes get moist,”
Nye continued.“Now she deserves an acting award of some kind if she was faking it, but I really believe she was sincere,”
Our Photo of the Week features Nye, wearing a "Keep Miss Veronica home" t-shirt talking to Governor Fallin.
The story about Nye's encounter with the Oklahoma governor received a lot of attention in various Oklahoma media outlets.
The Native News Network applauds Penny Moore Nye for fighting for Dusten and his daughter, Veronica, who turns four tomorrow.
No daddy should ever have to fight for four years to take care of his own baby!
posted September 14, 2013 6:00 am edt