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Support Info: If you are a Survivor and need emotional support, a national crisis line is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week: Residential School Survivor Support Line: 1-866-925-4419. Additional Health Support Information: Emotional, cultural, and professional support services are also available to Survivors and their families through the Indian Residential Schools Resolution Health Support Program. Services can be accessed on an individual, family, or group basis.” These & regional support phone numbers are found at https://nctr.ca/contact/survivors/ .
United Nations alerted to human rights violations of #BABYVERONICA case
Kristen Carpenter and
Lorie Graham have posted a very compelling and powerful paper about the
Supreme Court’s decision in Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl. It is required
reading for anyone interested in the case, and is destined to be the
definitive paper on the international human rights aspects of the case.
| Baby Veronica with her father Dusten Brown|
The article is titled Human Rights to Culture, Family, and Self-Determination: The Case of Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl
. Here is the abstract:
The well-being of indigenous children is a subject of
major concern for indigenous peoples and human rights advocates alike.
In 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court decided in Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl
that the Indian Child Welfare Act did not prevent the adoption of a
Cherokee child by a non-Indian couple. This occurred over the objections
of her Cherokee biological father, extended family, and Tribal Nation.
After the decision, Baby Girl’s father and the adoptive couple contested
the matter in a number of proceedings, none of which considered the
child’s best interests as an Indian child. The tribally-appointed
attorney for Baby Girl, as well as the National Indian Child Welfare
Association and National Congress for American Indians, began examining
additional venues for advocacy. Believing that the human rights of Baby
Girl, much like those of other similarly situated indigenous children,
were being violated in contravention of the United Nations Declaration
on Indigenous Peoples Rights, and other instruments of international
law, they asked us to bring the matter to the attention of the United
Nations Special Rapporteur for Indigenous Peoples Rights (“UNSR”). We
prepared a “statement of information” to alert the UNSR of the human
rights violations occurring in the case. With the permission of the
attorneys and organizations involved, this chapter introduces the Baby
Girl case, contextualizes the claims in international human rights law,
and then reproduces the statement of information, and portions of the
UNSR’s subsequent public statement. It concludes with an update on the
Baby Girl case and broader discussion about the potential for using
international law and legal forums to protect the human rights of
If anyone wishes to read this paper, I have the pdf. Email me: firstname.lastname@example.org
Canada's Residential Schools
The religious organizations that operated the schools — the Anglican Church of Canada, Presbyterian Church in Canada, United Church of Canada, Jesuits of English Canada and some Catholic groups — in 2015 expressed regret
for the “well-documented” abuses. The Catholic Church has never offered an official apology, something that Trudeau and others have repeatedly called for.
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Why tribes do not recommend the DNA swab
Rebecca Tallbear entitled: “DNA, Blood, and Racializing the Tribe”, bearing out what I only inferred:
Detailed discussion of the Bering Strait theory and other scientific theories about the population of the modern-day Americas is beyond the scope of this essay. However, it should be noted that Indian people have expressed suspicion that DNA analysis is a tool that scientists will use to support theories about the origins of tribal people that contradict tribal oral histories and origin stories. Perhaps more important,the alternative origin stories of scientists are seen as intending to weaken tribal land and other legal claims (and even diminish a history of colonialism?) that are supported in U.S. federal and tribal law. As genetic evidence has already been used to resolve land conflicts in Asian and Eastern European countries, this is not an unfounded fear.
Does this mean that there is reason to hope that the Capos 'adoption' of Veronica could be overturned and that she could be returned to her REAL father, Dusten Brown? I know there would be a huge uproar that Veronica has already been moved too many times and that she should just stay put until she is eighteen, but to me, she will always belong with her natural father and his (their) extended family no matter what has already happened.ReplyDelete
There are two scenarios that could happen: The UN is aware that the United States is in major violation of the Indian Child Welfare Act and that in this one case, Veronica was denied a best interests hearing - which also means the feds could get involved (if there is major public outcry and not just tribes but Americans who voice their concerns about ICWA and this case and the way it was handled.) The second is Nightlight Christian Adoption Agency is investigated for trafficking and playing with people's lives - including Dusten Brown and Veronica his daughter. This paper highlights the UN Charter of Indigenous Peoples Rights - and this case of Baby Veronica is clearly in violation of this.Delete
To be clear, I am not a lawyer. This is my opinion.
You know I will never give up hope of Veronica returning to her rightful family and life. I will grasp at any straw that comes along. I appreciate you giving your opinion.ReplyDelete