When the Oklahoma justices bowed out, it left in place a South Carolina court order validating the Capobiancos adoption and a Cherokee Nation tribal court directive that said the girl could remain with family members of Brown while he was undergoing National Guard training.
safely in her parents arms, said Jessica Munday, a spokeswoman for Matt and Melanie Capobianco of Charleston, South Carolina.
Brown and his family claim the Indian Child Welfare Act mandates that the child be raised within the Cherokee Nation. The law was passed in Nike Air Max 95 White And Green 1978 with the intent of reducing the high rates of Native American children being adopted by non Native American families.
Veronica birth mother was pregnant when she put the girl up for adoption, and the Capobiancos took custody of Veronica shortly after birth.
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The Oklahoma Supreme Court had halted the girl transfer to the Capobiancos while it considered the case. The court did not explain its decision to lift its stay Monday.
Veronica, whose biological father is a member of the Cherokee Nation and whose biological mother is not a Native American, had lived with the Capobiancos from birth until she was 27 months old, when Brown was awarded custody under the Indian Child Welfare Act. Supreme Court decision later Nike Air Max 95 Black Grey White
legal system has failed this child and American Indians as well. Our prayers are with everyone concerned, but most of all with Veronica, said Terry Cross, the group executive director.
was smooth. There wasn any danger. Hopefully everyone can focus on healing now, said Munday, a friend of the family.
The Capobiancos and the girl father, Dusten Brown, had fought for years over custody of the girl. The dispute has raised questions about jurisdictions, tribal sovereignty and a federal law meant to help keep Native American tribes together.
Cherokee Nation spokeswoman Amanda Clinton confirmed that the girl named Veronica was handed over to the Capobiancos hours after the Oklahoma Supreme Court dissolved a temporary court order leaving the child with her father and his family. Until the Monday night transfer, the Cherokee Nation had insisted the girl would remain with the tribe.
Child at centre of custody dispute handed over to adoptive parents
Brown was just as brave today as he was when he fought for our country in Iraq, Hembree said. this is not something any parent should ever have to do, we could not be more proud of the dignity and courage with which he carried himself. added that Veronica will always be a Cherokee citizen and that he hoped Capobiancos honour their word that Dusten will be allowed to remain an important part of Veronica life. was not sure when the Capobiancos planned to return to South Carolina with Veronica, but said she felt they were now free to do that at any time. She said Veronica has spent some time with the couple recently and did remember them.
Brown also is facing extradition to South Carolina to face a charge of custodial interference for refusing to hand over the girl.
After the girl transfer to the Capobiancos, the National Indian Child Welfare Association put out a statement saying it was saddened by the events.
AP Photo/Courtesy Shannon Jones, File
Cherokee Nation Attorney General Todd Hembree released a statement late Monday describing the scene as Veronica custody was transferred. He said it was emotional but and dignified. He said Brown and his wife packed clothes and toys for Veronica before a tribal attorney drove her a short distance to where the Capobiancos were waiting.
21, 2013 file photo provided by Shannon Jones, attorney for Dusten Brown, shows Brown with his daughter, Veronica. The Oklahoma Supreme Court on Monday, Sept. 23, 2013 said it won intervene in an adoption dispute involving Veronica, a Cherokee girl, and dissolved a court order that was keeping her with Brown, her biological father. Cherokee Nation spokeswoman Amanda Clinton later confirmed that Veronica was handed over to her adoptive parents Matt and Melanie Capobianco of South Carolina on Monday night. (AP Photo/Courtesy Shannon Jones, File)
It wasn known if there were any conditions attached to the Capobiancos gaining custody, including whether Brown would be allowed to visit the girl. At attorney for Brown did not return phone calls seeking comment.
went against Brown, and a South Carolina court finalized the Capobiancos adoption of the girl earlier this year. Brown then turned to Oklahoma courts.
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