Oklahoma City, Okla. - Gov. Mary Fallin released a statement Wednesday morning regarding the Baby Veronica custody dispute.
“Mr. and Mrs. Capobianco deserve an opportunity to meet with their adopted daughter," Fallin says. "They also deserve the chance to meet with Mr. Brown and put an end to this conflict. It is important for Veronica’s sake that Mr. Brown and the Capobianco family resolve this matter quickly and grant closure to all parties. If Mr. Brown is unwilling to cooperate with these reasonable expectations, then I will be forced to expedite his extradition request and let the issue be settled in court.”
The Capobiancos are in Tulsa. They held a press conference Wednesday morning.
Principal Chief Bill John Baker issued his own statement after the press conference.
“The Capobiancos have requested the Cherokee Nation and Dusten Brown to follow the South Carolina court's order, but they forget that Dusten Brown has the same rights to have his arguments heard before our Oklahoma courts and Cherokee Nation Tribal Court," Baker says. "We respectfully ask the Capobiancos to allow that due process. The Cherokee people throughout time have stood our ground and for the rights of our people, and this is no different. We will continue to stand by Dusten and his biological daughter, Veronica, and for what is right.”