Levi Rickert, editor-in-chief in Native Challenges. Discussion »
TAHLEQUAH, OKLAHOMA Veronica Brown has been taken from her biological father. This happened within the hour from the Jack Brown House on the tribal land near Tahlequah, Oklahoma.
Tommy Brown Veronica's Grandfather has been rushed to the hospital after suffering an apparent heart attack.
This occurred within an hour of supporters of the Cherokee Dusten Brown and his family took to social media Monday evening to have supporters go to the fields outside of the Jack Brown House.
There were unconfirmed reports US Marshals were on their way to take Veronica from her American Indian family and send her to South Carolina with the non-Native South Carolina couple.
This action came in spite of a statement released early evening by the Cherokee Nation reacting to today's court action from Cherokee Nation Attorney General Todd Hembree, which reads:
"This order, just like any other order from a foreign jurisdiction needs to be filed for domestication with the Cherokee Nation District Court. There is a conflicting Cherokee Nation order concerning a Cherokee Nation citizen on Cherokee Nation land. We are a sovereign nation with a valid and historic court system. As Attorney General, I will require that our court system be honored and respected. I took an oath when assuming this office to uphold the laws and constitution of the Cherokee Nation and the United States. Nowhere in that oath is it required that I defend the laws of South Carolina."
Veronica Brown, who turned four years old on September 15, celebrated her birthday just yesterday so that the Brown family could celebrate with her.
On Monday morning, negotiations broke down between Brown and the non-Native adoptive South Carolina couple and the settlement judge called further proceedings. By late afternoon, the Oklahoma Supreme Court lifted a stay that allowed Brown to retain custody of Veronica during the Oklahoma court proceedings continued.
While supporters asked for supporters to travel to Tahlequah, Cherokee Nation officials asked for restraint "due to an already chaotic situation."
Dusten Brown has repeatedly sought to have a "best interest" hearing for his young daughter. As of this evening, no such hearing has been held.
They parties spent five and half days attempting to come to an agreement.
With a court ordered gag on those directly involved with the hotly contested custody battle, real news has been difficult at best to determine what happened during court proceedings and negotiations with the settlement judge who served as the mediator.
Linda Sacks contributed to this story.
Updated 9:20 pm edt posted September 23, 2013 9:00 pm edt