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Thursday, September 5, 2013

Blow to sovereignty #BABYVERONICA

Dreveskracht Commentary on Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl

Here. An excerpt:
The Supreme Court’s decision in Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl is most certainly a blow to Indian sovereignty by way of an assault on core notions of Indian family and tribal identity.  Yet what is even more disturbing is how the “Baby Veronica” ruling so vividly highlights the Roberts Court’s deep investment in white supremacy, capitalism, patriarchy, heterosexism, and a coercive binary gender system.  Adoptive Couple is about far more than the rights of adoptive parents.  The decision should serve as a warning to all marginalized groups such as Indians, ethnic minorities, the lower class, or the LGBT community: If given the opportunity the High Court will construe legislation to serve its own institutionalized interests, in spite of the law’s intent.

NEWS: http://www.tulsaworld.com/article.aspx/Fallin_Brown_must_return_to_SC/20130905_11_A1_CUTLIN51761?subj=1

Kudos to Indian Country Today for the continuing coverage: this comment was superb:
John Brown wrote:
The staff at Indian Country and Suzette Brewer really deserve to be commended for their coverage of these cases. They are currently the only news source in the United States that consistently reports correct facts in these stories tells them honestly in a way that doesn't cover up the crimes that have been commited against these parents and children and how much damage it has done, not only to them but to our society. Thank you Indian Country for your commitment to journalism, which unfortunately is apparently rare these days. You deserve the Pulitzer for you coverage of these cases.

Read more at http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2013/09/05/okla-governor-signs-extradition-order-dusten-brown-turn-himself-151164
 
Another great op-ed: http://www.charlestoncitypaper.com/HaireoftheDog/archives/2013/09/05/the-capobiancos-should-stop-fighting-for-custody-of-baby-veronica



Sadly, to see this happening (with a new arrest warrant) makes many of us sick to our stomach...Adoption has been polluted with greed and human trafficking. It is corrupt in ways we never imagined, including the current justice system...Dusten and Robin, hang in there - we are praying for you and Ronnie.... Trace

2 comments:

  1. So what happens next? Dusten is put in jail and Veronica is given to her 'legal' kidnappers? DB said he would fight until there was nothing left to fight and that he would go to jail for his daughter. It looks like that's where we are now.

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    1. He won't be in jail long if his lawyers are any good - Ronnie stays in OK after the best interests hearing - no adoption by thieves, fiasco ends. That is the best case scenario I can hope for...

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