Chief Baker responds to Capobiancos’ news conference

August 14, 2013

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TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — Principal Chief Bill John Baker issued the following statement Wednesday in response to the Capobiancos’ arrival in Oklahoma and news 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. 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.”