The Baby Veronica Case, recently argued before the U.S. Supreme Court, is one of the most important Indian legal battles of the last generation. It is the story of Dusten Brown, a member of the Cherokee Nation, who has invoked the Indian Child Welfare Act to prevent Christina Maldonado, the non-Indian mother of his baby daughter, Veronica, from putting their child up for adoption by Matt and Melanie Capobianco of South Carolina.
That bare outline does not begin to describe the convoluted dimensions of the case formally known as Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl. Its drama includes an unplanned pregnancy, a broken engagement, charges of bad faith, an adoption agency that did not comply with federal Indian law, a couple who fought to adopt a child who was never legally eligible, and even the intervention of the Cherokee Nation
Read more at the Indian Country Today website:
The Fight for Baby Veronica, Part1 (May 6, 2013)
The Fight for Baby Veronica, Part 2 (May 13, 2013)
The Fight for Baby Veronica, Part 3 (June 4, 2013)
The Fight for Baby Veronica, Part 4 (June 12, 2013)
The Fight for Baby Veronica, Part 5 (June 17, 2013)