Collection of Reactions on Baby Girl Case

Casey Family Programs

Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma (video)


NICWA Initial Statement (pdf)

NICWA Legal Analysis (pdf) (Includes an excellent point about state laws, and one we’ve been considering here as well)

Terry Cross Statement


The Atlantic, Andrew Cohen

Minnesota Public Radio (with Colette Routel)

NPR (with Marcia Zug and Mary Jo Hunter)

Washington Post

Will add more as they come up.

4 thoughts on “Collection of Reactions on Baby Girl Case

  1. Geraldine June 25, 2013 / 5:06 pm

    She (Veronica) was not legally adopted, so how is it that in statements is she could be placed with her adoptive parents?

  2. vance gillette June 28, 2013 / 11:34 am

    “Bad Indian Dad” theory to rule in favor of white couple. Court said: dad never had custody so ICWA no applies. This is a Catch 22: the dad never had a chance for custody as the mother gave “custody” of the white couple. Four months after birth, the dad sought relief. This is not
    The court’s reasoning is sneaky … kind of like Long v. Plains Bank case. Parties litigate and issue then the court seizes an “off beat” fact to make ruling, which defies reality.
    As an former judge, many young people (who have kids) are unsure of what to do initially. Here, the father tried to do the right thing by his child. But the court sets up an artificial road block, in a poorly written opinion.

  3. Geraldine June 28, 2013 / 2:38 pm

    He was never notified of fatherhood until they needed his signature to adopt Veronica. The attorneys should have been aware of the I.C.W.A and if they didn’t know than they also have Indian Law attorneys they could have discussed the case with someone that had studied Indian Law.

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