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The late justice Robert H. Jackson famously wrote of his colleagues on the high court: “We are not final because we are infallible, but we are infallible only because we are final.”
But sometimes the court is final only in the narrow question of law before it. That question decided, it sends the case back to lower courts, where sometimes the whole process starts anew.
Such is the fate of Veronica’s case. If anything, the Supreme Court’s decision has only heightened the stakes surrounding the rights of birth parents, the legal standing of adoptive parents and the sovereignty of Native American tribes.
The [appeals court] hearing is apparently related to an order Friday from the Oklahoma Supreme Court, agreeing to let the appeals move forward while 4-year-old Veronica remains with her biological family for the time being.OK Supreme Court docket (revealing very little) is here.
The Bottom Line: no child needs to be adopted if their biological natural parent wants to raise them. In this case, Ronnie has a dad who fought from the moment he heard what was happening. The Supreme Court and Nightlight did not abide by a federal law written to protect Native Children. Ronnie has rights to be with her tribe and family. It's called sovereignty!
Do you know the history of the Indian Child Welfare Act? I am learning even more from this fantastic book: SOMEBODY'S CHILDREN: The Politics of Transracial and Transnational Adoption by Laura Briggs, published in 2012. I wish I'd had this book when I started my research on the Indian Adoption Projects, before I wrote my memoir. Laura and I will be on a panel discussing this Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl case on Sept. 30 at the Western New England University School of Law in Springfield, MA.
If you are interested, please email me: email@example.com. I can send you the brochure.
We must WAKE UP and not let this adoption happen to Ronnie Brown.