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Friday, March 18, 2011


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Here in America, many many Indian children were taken and given to white people or missionaries. Every single Indian reservation has a story. Some say Indian reservations were prime locations for social workers to fill their orders. The Indian Adoption Projects (there was more than one) was indeed a genocidal act against our humanity but few seem to know this story. 
In the words of a Cree elder, “you must know where you came from yesterday, know where you are today, if you’re to know where you’re going tomorrow.” [That is not easy for an adoptee to hear.]
If the Native American population was just 2 million and one quarter of all children were removed before the Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978, then (on-paper) 80,000+ children were removed from their families during the early to mid-1900s. If the population was 3 million, then over 100,000 were removed and relocated. (You do the math = genocide). Where are all these children now?
The 2000 census in the USA says there are 2.5 million Indians. I’d say there are many more if you count up all the invisible adoptees removed from their Indian Nations and
reservations across North America.

Work is underway on book 2, stories from the lost children adoptees. The book title is: “Two Worlds.”
If you want to write about your being an adoptee, and if you are indigenous to
North America and First Nations, you are invited. You may or not be in reunion with your tribe. That is the point. You need to be able to open your adoption and find your relatives. Simply email me:

Submissions are due the end of April 2011. No later. Please do this for all the other adoptees. Your voice needs to be heard. Your story needs to be told and will be respected.
Only you have the power and voice to tell the world what happened to you.
Mitakuye oyasin. We are all related. All our relations.

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Today, we look at recent effort to undo laws put in place to protect Native American children and families. All children deserve to be raised by loving families and communities. In the 1970s, Congress realized that state agencies and courts were disproportionately removing American Indian and Alaska Native children from their families. Often these devastating removals were due to an inability or unwillingness to understand Native cultures, where family is defined broadly and raising children is a shared responsibility. To stop these destructive practices, Congress passed the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA).

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