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Arizona / Apache Reservation: Adoption Case #566911

NBC Evening News for Friday, Feb 17, 1989
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(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.

(White River, Arizona: Roger O'Neil) Case reported of Lolita Johnson, Apache Indian teen who was born on reservation and raised for several years by adoptive white parents, now ordered by judge to live with her natural mother. [JOHNSON - says she wants to be with her adopted parents.] Foster parents Norm and Nadine DeRocher noted believing that they had legally adopted Johnson. [Norm DeROCHER - says he wants to do what Lolita wants.] [Mother Thurza ALTAHA - comments on loss of daughter.] Tribal effort to keep children on reservations discussed. United States Civil Rights Commission chairperson William Allen reported investigating Johnson case. [JOHNSON - says she is being held on reservation against her will.] [ALLEN - says slavery is unconstitutional.] [Child psychologist Dr. Barry GOODFIELD - tells Johnson he will take her from reservation if she wants to leave.] [ALLEN - tells Goodfield that plan would be kidnapping.]

Reporter(s):
Brokaw, Tom;
O'Neil, Roger
Duration:
00:02:50

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