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Tuesday, June 18, 2019
Monday, June 17, 2019
Veronica Brown protest“Babies don’t get born and run down to the citizenship office and file a petition,” said Matthew Fletcher, director of the Indigenous Law and Policy Center at Michigan State University. When his own child was born, he and his partner took a year to register him as a tribal member, in part because he was eligible for more than one tribal nation. “To say that somehow this kid hasn’t been enrolled yet and therefore doesn’t have a political relationship is really quite disingenuous.”***Reflecting on the rhetoric used by ICWA opponents like Sandefur, Nicole Adams, a spokesperson for Partnership for Native Children, pointed to the institutions that pushed for the use of boarding schools and adoption for decades before ICWA’s passage. “They were led by very well-intentioned Christian coalitions purporting that Indian children needed to be saved, and they were just the ones to do it. If you look at the rhetoric being put out by some of ICWA’s most staunch opponents, it is eerily and frighteningly similar.”
|by Kate Fort|
Many believe that “the past is past,” and it’s time to move on. Such thinking ignores the traumatic impact of genocide on future generations and the continued oppression of indigenous Americans. I recently watched the film “Dawnland” at Amherst Cinema, which highlights the first U.S. truth and reconciliation commission to investigate the government of Maine’s removal of generations of indigenous American children from their families. In the 19th and 20th centuries, tens of thousands of children on reservations were severed from their families and sent to residential schools and foster homes in order to eradicate indigenous Americans through forcibly acculturating their children — another form of genocide.
The Indian Child Welfare Act was established in 1978 to end this century-long practice and to instead “... protect the best interests of Indian Children and to promote the stability and security of Indian tribes and families by the establishment of minimum Federal standards for the removal of Indian children and placement of such children in homes which will reflect the unique values of Indian culture.”
Critics of the ICWA argue that the law is race-based, ignoring the sovereignty of tribal nations. A Federal Appeals Court judge will soon be deciding the fate of this 41-year-old law based on a case heard in March. The consequences of overturning the ICWA would once again threaten the welfare of Indigenous American families. Today, indigenous American children are three times more likely to be removed from their homes than white children, according to “Dawnland.”
READ: Columnist Sara Weinberger: Let’s tell the true story of the founding of America
Monday, June 10, 2019
'Although My Indian Identity Isn't Simple, It's Mine': Readers on Adoption That Crosses Cultural Lines
Thursday, June 6, 2019
SOURCE:In addition to the claims of damage done by sexual abuse, the lawsuits involving the Indian Student Placement Program assert that the culture of the Navajo Nation was “irreparably harmed” by the LDS Church’s “continuous and systematic assimilation efforts.” Although the last student in the Indian Student Placement Program graduated in 2000, plaintiffs are asking the Church to do all it can to enhance and restore Navajo culture and create a taskforce for that purpose.
Starting in 1958, the Indian Adoption Project placed Native American children in non-Native homes, in what it said was an effort to assimilate them into mainstream culture and offer them better lives outside impoverished reservations.
The project was run by the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs, a federal government agency, and the nonprofit Child Welfare League of America, in partnership with private agencies.
Battle Pits Native American Tribes Against White Couple Over Adoption of Native Child in Case With Potential Affirmative Action ImplicationsTHE ROOT
(to be continued)
Wednesday, June 5, 2019
By Trace Hentz (blog editor)
I run across comments by adoptive parents and PAPS (potential adoptive parents) all the time on why is it wrong for non-Natives to adopt Native kids? Volumes have been written about this, on this blog, and in medical studies and published reports but we STILL have people who don't understand.
Here is an example on Adoption.com:
I'm watching this documentary right now on demand. Its about these two
Native American boys (now adults) who were adopted from foster (care) in Canada
to an American (CC) family in Redding, PA. They were adopted as young
boys so they remembered being with the bmom and now one of the boys is
making a film about being between both families.
I thing that bothers me is the younger
brother has basically at 18 yrs old left his adoptive family and went
back to Canada to bio family and he hasn't talked to his AP's in 8
years. His issues are growing up without his NA identity and racism he
dealt with being NA in a all CC environment. Actually both boys are
living in Canada now. The older brother still has a relationship with
As an AP I would take it as a slap in the
face if my kid just left and wouldn't talking to me for 8 yrs. Its like
these boys bio mom was an alcoholic who had her kids taken away because
she was neglecting them. She said herself she would be drunk for 6 weeks
straight and have no idea what day or month it is. Also leaving these
babies at home by themselves while she's out partying and they have to
change each diapers etc... So you have this family come in and give you a
stable home and love and yet because they are CC you just leave?? Im
wondering if this something that happens more often with older kids
adoption from foster care? Like I said earlier it really annoys me but a great watch anyways. LINK
A Place Between – The Story of an Adoption is a 2007 documentary film dealing with cross-cultural adoption and aboriginal life in Canada. It was directed by First Nations adoptee Curtis Kaltenbaugh and produced by the National Film Board of Canada.
Curtis and Ashok Kaltenbaugh were born in Manitoba and are of First Nations ancestry. After the 1980 death of their younger brother, at ages of 7 and 4 respectively, they were removed from the custody of their birth mother and placed for adoption with a middle-class white family living in Pennsylvania.
The film chronicles their search for identity and the meeting of their adoptive and birth families.
The film won Best Public Service Award at the Annual American Indian Film Festival, held in San Francisco during November 2007.[wiki]
Tuesday, June 4, 2019
An inquiry concluded that high rates of violence against indigenous women in Canada amount to a genocide fueled by government abuses
WALL STREET JOURNALMr. Trudeau has said the relationship between the Canadian government and indigenous people needs to be rebuilt and the process will likely take decades.
Monday’s report isn’t the first time Canada’s treatment of indigenous people has been labeled a genocide. A separate inquiry released in 2015 found Canada’s centurylong practice of forcibly removing indigenous children from their homes and educating them at government-funded residential schools was a “cultural genocide.” (We call this the 60s Scoop but it was before and after the 1960s)
Matthew Fletcher, who directs the indigenous law and policy center at Michigan State University, said Native Americans have faced similar wrongs in the U.S., including the forced removal of children from Native American families. He said Canada has done more in recent years to recognize the problem publicly.
READ: Canada Blamed for ‘Genocide’ Against Indigenous Women - WSJ
Democracy Now on 6-4-19
Monday, June 3, 2019
|Approximately 1,200 indigenous Canadian women have been murdered or gone missing since 1980. Holly Jarrett began the hashtag #AMINext to put more pressure on the Canadian government to investigate the high
murder rate of First Nations women after her cousin, Loretta Saunders
was found killed. |
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