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Tuesday, October 1, 2013

UPDATE: What happened to RONNIE BROWN and ICWA? (edited)


By Trace A. DeMeyer


Last night at Western New England University Law School, the panel (Dr. Atwood, Dr. Briggs and I) were asked if the INDIAN CHILD WELFARE ACT of 1978 (ICWA) is failing to protect Indian children. 

HECK! This federal law (and courts who administer it) failed RONNIE BROWN, right? She's been adopted by non-Indians!


This case, step-by-step, proves ICWA was not adhered with Veronica, a Cherokee child, now illegally adopted in South Carolina. Veronica would never have LEFT the state of Oklahoma at birth and been whisked to South Carolina by the Capobiancos if ICWA had been followed. This may have been a private adoption but Nightlight Christian Adoption Agency and lawyers cleverly skirted federal law all the way to the Supreme Court and made it happen. They did it with deceit, on paper.

New allegations unconfirmed about Baby Veronica.  (SOURCE:  http://jlhardee.wordpress.com/2013/10/01/judge-daniel-e-martin-jr-of-charleston-sc-under-investigation-for-baby-veronica-case/)

Back to last night:

ICWA has strong language, clear language and has been federal law since 1978. These COURTS took a child who is Cherokee and placed her with non-Indians, which is a clear violation of ICWA.  (It appears a few justices on the Supreme Court and the Christian Alliance for Indian Child Welfare and Nightlight Christian Adoption Agency do not like ICWA as the law either.) 

These clever lawyers violated a federal law and an innocent child was forced into a stranger adoption. The public relations campaign by Jessica Munday to SAVE VERONICA was intended to thwart ICWA, too, and it wildly succeeded by their accounts.

ICWA is no joke. It's part of righting a wrong on Indian families. ICWA is making amends for a century of government-sanctioned child-snatching by people who hoped to dis-empower Indians by destroying future generations - ultimately to destroy tribal sovereignty. Thousands of children were placed in closed adoptions. Some tribes lost all their children. It's easy to dismiss this if you never read about the history or met an adoptee who is American Indian or First Nations.

I realized last night that these law students don't know the reason or the history of ICWA - NONE of it. Maybe the Supreme Court missed it in their law school too. Maybe they didn't read about what led to the passage of ICWA, this necessary and needed federal law. 

(Go to NARF.ORG for the ICWA testimony) (I included some in One Small Sacrifice and Two Worlds.)

Is ICWA working in South Dakota today? No. 

Talk to Janice Howe, a Lakota grandmother, who will tell you of the outright racism and blatant violations of the Indian Child Welfare Act that rip apart Native families in South Dakota. Native grandmothers, who have a natural and federal right to their grandchildren by ICWA, are denied custody and ignored every day. Instead, their grandchildren enter a network of state and state-contracted institutions, at taxpayers expense.

Read this follow-up report and comments on NPR's investigation in South Dakota:  http://www.npr.org/blogs/ombudsman/2013/08/13/211654459/s-dakota-indian-foster-care-listening-to-your-responses

5 comments:

  1. I THINK ALLLLLL THE JUDGES THAT DEAL WITH CPS/DHS AN THE STATE ADOPTION AGEN. ARE ALL CORRUPT!!!!!! I KNOW MANY JUDGES IN OKLAHOMA THAT COULD USE BEING INVESTIGATED !! MAYBE MORE PEOPLE SHOULD GET OFF THERE ASSES AN DO THERE JOB AN GET THESE ASSHOLES.. WHAT ABOUT PEOPLE WHO HAVE BEEN SCREWED OVER IN THE SAME WAY BUT THEY ARENT NATIVE AMERICAN OR MAYBE THEY CANT GET THE PUBLICLY THAT THE BROWNS HAVE GOTTEN.. WHAT ABOUT THOSE FAMILIES?? NO DISRESPECT TO THE BABY V FAMILY BUT ITS A SERIOUS. PROBLEM ALL OVER THE PLACE ITS NOT JUST THIS ONE CASE

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  2. There is a lot of really bad info going around the SOG page about this source's credibility. (JL Hardee) Might want to check it out before it damages your credibility too. :(

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  3. The NA community, adoption activists, adoptees, and fathers rights activists need to join forces and push through new legislation before yet another Veronica happens. Fathers are discriminated against in this country, and we need to address that. It will help close the ICWA loop hole blown open by SCOTUS - Tracy Hammond

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    1. From NICWA, I think that is their plan. Thanks Tracy.

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