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Support Info: If you are a Survivor and need emotional support, a national crisis line is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week: Residential School Survivor Support Line: 1-866-925-4419. Additional Health Support Information: Emotional, cultural, and professional support services are also available to Survivors and their families through the Indian Residential Schools Resolution Health Support Program. Services can be accessed on an individual, family, or group basis.” These & regional support phone numbers are found at https://nctr.ca/contact/survivors/ .
Adoption Themes in the Movies 2012 BEST AND WORST
My TOP FAVES:
1- The Lost Child-2000
TVM; Mercedes Ruehl, Jamey Sheridan; Rebecca goes in search of her natural
parents. After her adoptive father dies, Rebecca decides to find the
family her dad had described to her. In response to her search, she is
contacted by a woman on the Navajo reservation who is looking for her twin
siblings who were stolen from their mother soon after they were born. The women
soon realize that they are sisters and Rebecca is welcomed. But when her
husband, Jack, comes to see them, the differences between the two cultures rise
to the surface.
3- Sudden Fury - A Family Torn Apart is a
1993 television film directed by Craig R. Baxley, based
on the novel Sudden Fury: A True Story of Adoption and Murder by Leslie Walker, which itself is based on a
true story. One of the adoptees in the family is Native American and he was
thought to be the murderer of his adoptive parents but he wasn't.
4- The Italian - see this stunning movie for the brilliant ending.
5- Bambi - Animated film about a young deer, Bambi, growing up in
the wild after his mother is shot by hunters.
6- Stolen Babies-1993 TVM;
Lea Thompson, Mary Tyler Moore; Social worker exposes the Tennessee Children’s
Home Scandal. Mary Tyler Moore plays the evil babyseller Georgia Tann.
1 - Sioux City aka Ultimate
Revenge-1994; Lou Diamond Phillips plays the role of a doctor who gets
suspended on his birthday. At his adopted parent’s home, he has a party and one of the gifts is an American Indian necklace with a note from his
birth mother who he has not heard from since he was given up for adoption when
he was very young. In the note she wishes to see him. So he leaves to visit her
only to arrive a few days after her death. He visits the local sheriff because
he is curious of the circumstances of his mother's death. He then heads to the
reservation in search of any relatives. He runs into his grandfather who is
kind of a witch doctor. On the way back to town he is attacked by some of the
sheriff's men who try to kill him. They leave him for dead, but he is rescued.
He does a vision quest to try to identify why he was attacked. He discovers the
reason he was given up for adoption: his father was the local sheriff. He
didn't love the birthmother and ordered her to give him up for adoption...
2 - Flirting with Disaster-1995; Ben
Stiller, Mary Tyler Moore, George Segal, Alan Alda, Lily Tomlin; Farce about an
adoptee searching for his birthmother. I was disappointed.
3 - Mommie Dearest-1981;
Faye Dunaway, Diana Scarwid; about the adopted family life of Joan Crawford;
several of her adopted children were stolen by the Tennessee Children’s Home
and Georgia Tann. I hurt to watch this film.
4- Juno: Juno is a smart teen confronting
an unplanned pregnancy by her classmate Bleeker. With the help of her friend
Leah, Juno finds her unborn child a "perfect" set of parents: an
affluent suburban couple, Mark and Vanessa, longing to adopt. Luckily, Juno has
the total support of her parents as she faces some tough decisions. Even as
popular as this movie was, it disturbed many adoptees including me.
Canada's Residential Schools
The religious organizations that operated the schools — the Anglican Church of Canada, Presbyterian Church in Canada, United Church of Canada, Jesuits of English Canada and some Catholic groups — in 2015 expressed regret
for the “well-documented” abuses. The Catholic Church has never offered an official apology, something that Trudeau and others have repeatedly called for.
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Did you know?
New York’s 40-year battle for OBC access ended when on January 15 2020, OBCs were opened to ALL New York adoptees upon request without restriction. In only three days, over 3,600 adoptees filed for their record of birth. The bill that unsealed records was passed 196-12.
According to the 2020 Census, 3.6% of Colorado's population is American Indian or Alaska Native, at least in part, with the descendants of at least 200 tribal nations living in the Denver metro area.
As the single largest unregulated industry in the United States, adoption is viewed as a benevolent action that results in the formation of “forever families.”
The truth is that it is a very lucrative business with a known sales pitch. With profits last estimated at over $1.44 billion dollars a year, mothers who consider adoption for their babies need to be very aware that all of this promotion clouds the facts and only though independent research can they get an accurate account of what life might be like for both them and their child after signing the adoption paperwork.
Why tribes do not recommend the DNA swab
Rebecca Tallbear entitled: “DNA, Blood, and Racializing the Tribe”, bearing out what I only inferred:
Detailed discussion of the Bering Strait theory and other scientific theories about the population of the modern-day Americas is beyond the scope of this essay. However, it should be noted that Indian people have expressed suspicion that DNA analysis is a tool that scientists will use to support theories about the origins of tribal people that contradict tribal oral histories and origin stories. Perhaps more important,the alternative origin stories of scientists are seen as intending to weaken tribal land and other legal claims (and even diminish a history of colonialism?) that are supported in U.S. federal and tribal law. As genetic evidence has already been used to resolve land conflicts in Asian and Eastern European countries, this is not an unfounded fear.
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