Baby Veronica case: Victory unlikely for either side as mediation begins
By Michael Overall
Instead, the hearing ended with both sides agreeing to enter mediation.
Think of it as the modern court system's version of stickball--an alternative to waging legal battles in front of a judge.
The two sides will likely sit down face-to-face with no attorneys present, said Steven Hager, a former mediator who now serves as the director of litigation for Oklahoma Indian Legal Services.
'Baby Veronica' Protesters Assemble In Downtown Tulsa
By Tony Russell
Veronica, 3, is at the center of a custody battle between Brown, her biological father, and Matt and Melanie Capobianco of South Carolina, her adoptive parents.
The group carried signs and expressed their hopes that the courts will keep Veronica with Brown, who is a Cherokee Nation citizen.
One day after Veronica's biological father and adoptive parents went to court in Tahlequah, supporters of Dusten Brown say they aren't dropping their signs anytime soon.
To Oklahoma’s American Indian tribes, Veronica is a battle cry for cultures
By Andrew Knapp
The tribes thought the times of losing their children had ended. That’s why the recent adoption of 3-year-old Veronica, a member of the Cherokee Nation—an adoption that some here said was achieved through deception—has the Indian community talking about the old days again.
Their stance is matched by the pleas of Matt and Melanie Capobianco, who felt wronged when Veronica was taken from them. She’s their daughter, they said, and they want her home on James Island.
The custody dispute has become so much more. Though others have stakes in its outcome, the squabble has pitted the people of two states that are 1,000 miles but worlds apart.
Most Oklahomans understand the Cherokees’ cry, why Veronica matters so much. Their license plate says “Native America.” Their state is where Indians settled when others didn’t want them.
Losing Veronica to South Carolina, a state with one tribe compared to their 39, would be deflating to the spirit of tribal resurgence.
Below: "A boy plays amid about 20 picketers who gathered outside Cherokee County District Court in Tahlequah, Okla., on Friday, Aug. 16, 2013, to protest the adoption of 3-year-old Veronica by Matt and Melanie Capobiancos of James Island." (Andrew Knapp)