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.
Kudos to Indian Country Today for the continuing coverage: this comment was superb:
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