Levi Rickert, editor-in-chief in Native Challenges. Discussion »
TAHLEQUAH, OKLAHOMA As the hotly contested adoption of Cherokee Veronica Brown continues, the non-Native South Carolina adoptive couple filed a motion late yesterday afternoon to have the three year old brought to the Cherokee County District Court in Tahlequah, Oklahoma today at 9:00 am cdt.
In addition to Veronica, the court order includes the following names to appear today: her biological father, Dusten Brown, his wife, Robin Brown, and his parents, Tommy and Alice Brown, who were awarded guardianship of Veronica by a Cherokee Nation tribal court.
This turn in events climaxed a week of high drama for all involved parties.
Earlier this week, Dusten Brown turned himself in at the Sequoyah County Sheriff's Department after South Carolina authorities issued a felony warrant for his arrest last Friday for "custodial interference" for not taking Veronica to South Carolina "immediately" as ordered by a family court judge there. The same day of his arrest, Brown was arraigned and released by a Sequoyah County district judge after posting bond. He is fighting extradition to South Carolina.
The adoptive couple flew to Oklahoma on Tuesday and held a press conference on Wednesday where they accused Brown of not allowing him to see Veronica.
It was reported the two families were in negotiations to allow the South Carolina adoptive couple to see Veronica. Then the adoptive couple sought the order to have Veronica brought to the district court this morning it was about 5:30 pm local time.
Last night, Robin Brown, posted the following plea on the Standing Our Ground for Veronica Brown Facebook page:
"We ask that everyone say a prayer for Veronica tonight. That God will take her in his arms and keep her safe and shielded."
It is unclear what formal proceedings will take place in today when the Browns show up to comply with the district court order.
posted August 15, 2013 9:30 am edt