My latest Op/Ed on the Baby Veronica case came out today in Native News Network:
By Jacqueline Keeler
On August 12th, some 50 years after Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his "I Have A Dream" speech during the March On Washington, a Cherokee father, Dusten Brown gave himself up to authorities after warrant was put out for his arrest. His crime? Wishing to be a father and to raise his daughter Veronica with her Cherokee family in Oklahoma.
I wrote about the Baby Veronica case after the Supreme Court decision in June overturned a South Carolina Supreme Court decision the majority finding that Veronica's family did not meet the requirements for being an "intact Native American family" protected under the Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978. The court did not overturn ICWA to the great relief of Native American families across the United States, but it sent the custody decision back to the South Carolina courts.