Issues Affecting American Indians in Tennessee
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TN Archaeological Advisory Council
mandated 3 Native American representatives
  • Michael Lynch, West Tennessee (2008-12)
         member, Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma
  • Pat Cummins, Middle Tennessee (2004-08)
         descendant, Cherokee
  • Mark Cantrell, Middle Tennessee (2010-14)
         unknown tribal affiliation
  •   TN Historical Commission
    mandated inclusion of person/s
    of Native American ancestry

  • Brent A. Cox (2008-2012)
    444 Cades Atwood Road
    Milan, Tennessee 38358

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    Petitioning State of Oklahoma and U.S. Department of Justice - Eric Holder

    State of Oklahoma and U.S. Department of Justice - Eric Holder: Investigate the "adoption" of Veronica Brown

    We are calling on the state of Oklahoma and the U.S. Department of Justice, Eric Holder to fully investigate Matt and Melanie Capobianco's "adoption" of Veronica Brown without the constitutionally protected right and due process to obtain consent from her fit and loving father Dusten Brown, a Veteran of Iraq.

    This case has many questions. From the earliest days of Veronica's life, she was removed from Oklahoma under false pretenses against several state and federal laws, the Indian Child Welfare Act being just one example. Nightlight Christian Adoptions agency sent to the Cherokee Nation for their verification on the matter of her tribal identity was full of inaccurate information enabling the couple to remove Veronica from the state without flagging her as an Indian child. Serving in the Army, her father Dusten Brown was not properly notified of the adoption proceedings and signed only an acceptance of service within days of deployment to Iraq. This so called "consent" for which much of the media reports as “his legal consent,” was in fact invalidated in court. Most recently, South Carolina hastily gave a verdict and approved Veronica's adoption to this non-related couple against the preferences of the Indian Child Welfare Act, effectively stripping Dusten Brown of his paternal rights, but also stripping Veronica Brown of her due process and Civil Rights as an American and as a Native American child.

    Moreover, since this whole ordeal began, the Adoptive Couple has undergone an unrelenting media campaign riddled with public hatred and anger against Veronica' father Dusten Brown for a case that should have been kept confidential as a child under the age of 18. We want each and every organization that was involved directly and indirectly in this case investigated including but not limited to the Christian Alliance for Indian Child Welfare, and any marketing businesses that have profited off of Veronica's image. Dusten has been honoring our country, the United States of America, with his military service since the beginning of this adoption. This case therefore is important to military men, women, Native Americans, father's rights, and the constitutional rights of every biological parent to their own child.

    We ask for an investigation up to and including South Carolina's attempt to forcefully remove Veronica Brown from her “fit” and loving father. We ask for prosecution of any and all fraudulent and/or illegal activity that was involved

    Investigate the "adoption" of Veronica Brown
    [Your name]

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