Levi Rickert, editor-in-chief in Native Challenges. Discussion »
TULSA, OKLAHOMA Supporters of Cherokee Dusten Brown sent out a "Call to Action" late Thursday evening to have people come out Friday morning outside the Oklahoma State Court of Appeals.
With a gag order in effect, it is difficult to determine what is happening in the Court of Appeals. However, Brown and the non-Native adoptive couple have been meeting all week there.
On Thursday, the Tulsa World reported a settlement judge was appointed last week by the Oklahoma Supreme Court and said "negotiations are ongoing and no final agreement has been reached."
The plea came in an email to the Native News Network and was posted on various Facebook accounts, including Standing Our Ground for Veronica Brown. Here is the text of the statement:
Attention all warriors.
We need as many people as we can to come out to support our Warrior brother Dusten Brown. He has been fighting against an illegal and unethical adoption of his daughter Veronica for four long years. We are at a crucial stage. Let us act together to support our brother. The case has come before the Oklahoma Supreme Court but it seems that the court has yet to have a hearing on the best interests of this child. It is unclear now if the Courts are going to hold a hearing on Veronica's best interests, or even if they care to. How can we stand idle while lawyers and courts may be deciding to disallow Veronica's rights they all claim to hold so dear and to once again degrade the Sovereignty of our people?
I therefore urge you with all sincerity and a sense of urgency to come to
The Court of Civil Appeals
440 South Houston Ave.
Tulsa, OK 74127
8 AM on the 20th of September 2013 for as long as you can stay that day. We need people to silently stand at the courthouse, not inside, and possibly move across the street if move. There is a young family right now fighting for their freedom to be a family.
Their opposition has power, money and influence. Veronica's cause is just but it is hard to stand against such power as this without help. The time of action has come. Come and bring with you a compassionate voice of strength with reason. Bring also a spirit of steadfast love of truth and strength to stand your ground.
Our Grandfathers and Grandmothers did their part in places whose names are burned into our spirits. Washita, Bear River, Sand Creek, Red Clay and Wounded Knee are places of grief and injustice that cannot be forgotten. We must be clear that to stand by while new injustice is done is to support and uphold that injustice.
posted September 20, 2013 6:00 am edt