The birth father of "Baby Veronica" attended a Cherokee Nation peace rally to support the Brown Family.
Dusten Brown and his wife sat in the front row of the gathering. Brown took the stage to thank Cherokee Nation for its ongoing support in his custody battle for the three-year-old.
"Seeing all the support that we got out here, it brings me, it brings a tear to my eye," said Brown.
The crowd dressed in pink and waved pink ribbons in honor of Veronica's favorite color. The group prayed and danced to support the Brown family and the Indian Child Welfare Act in a cultural way.
Organizer and Cultural Outreach Officer Dawni Mackey said past rallies have included some signs and shouting. She said Cherokee Nation has not necessarily encouraged that but said there is a historic reason for the emotions involved.
"There's reason why there's that pain and that anger, and this is really about peace and a good resolution," Mackey said.
Principal Chief Bill John Baker attended the rally and got emotional speaking on the struggle Brown is facing.
"I cannot imagine being the father fighting to raise his baby," Chief Baker said.
A woman attending the rally told Channel 8 a single mother raised her. She said since her father did not take an interest in her upbringing, she is especially moved by Brown's fight.
All parties in the matter are under court gag order. The adoptive parents of Veronica, Matt and Melanie Capobianco, have been in Oklahoma to fight for the three-year-old. They said a South Carolina court has ordered Veronica return to their custody.
The court-appointed lawyer for Veronica, Angel Smith, asked Friday that Veronica's visits with the Capobiancos stop until further hearings can take place. The Capobiancos objected to that and the appointment of a lawyer for Veronica. The judge entered an "order of recusal," excusing herself from the case. The number of visits between the Capobiancos and Veronica, as well as the reason for the recusal, are not public information.
Last week, Governor Fallin's office said the governor will likely not be expediting South Carolina's extradition request for Brown as long as the parties are working cooperatively.
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