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Tuesday, August 6, 2013

NEW PROJECT by Two Worlds authors: Native Adoptee Anthology will document new journeys

Two Worlds was published in 2012

NEW ANTHOLOGY ANNOUNCED (2013)

Journalist-adoptee Trace A. DeMeyer has announced that she is now collecting narratives and essays from Native adoptees who are not yet in reunion and those in reunion for a brand new anthology to be published this winter. The deadline for submissions is November 1, 2013.  Her friend and fellow adoptee Patricia Busbee has signed on as co-editor.

DeMeyer was introduced to Cherokee adoptee Patricia Busbee by mutual friends, and they collaborated on the first anthology, “TWO WORLDS: Lost Children of the Indian Adoption Projects," which launched on Amazon and Kindle in September 2012. (ISBN: 978-1479318285, Price: $19.95 16.95 (PAPERBACK), $6.99 (EBOOK). The lost children (adoptees) in this anthology share intimate details of their personal lives, their search for identity and family, and their feelings about what happened to them.

After generations of Native children were forcibly removed from their Tribes and placed in residential boarding schools in North America, thousands upon thousands of Native children were also being placed in closed adoptions with non-Indian families.  Finding these children became non-stop detective work for award-winning journalist Trace A. DeMeyer who started research in 2005 which culminated in her memoir “One Small Sacrifice” in 2010.  (An updated second edition was published in 2012.)

“Because of both books, I get emails from new adoptees nearly every day now. I explain about the history of the Indian Adoption Projects and its successor ARENA and how it was unofficially ethnic cleansing via adoption assimilation, condoned and paid for by the US and Canadian governments and several churches who operated programs to facilitate these adoptions,” DeMeyer said. "Many times the adoptee tells me how they felt very isolated and alone but could not share their need to search with their adoptive family. I tell them about my search and reunion, offer my help and introduce them to search angels."

Both DeMeyer and Busbee agree that publishing “TWO WORLDS: Lost Children of the Indian Adoption Projects” is an important contribution to American Indian history but even more of this history needs to be published.  Their book has been chosen by Brock University in Canada for its BROCK READS program in 2013-2014. They hope more universities will use it as part of their curriculum.

“Two Worlds was really the first book to debunk the billion dollar adoption industry that operated for years under the guise of caring for destitute Indigenous children and "saving" them,” DeMeyer said. “Very little is known or published on our history. Many of these adoptees were children (not all were babies) and many were not orphans but simply removed. We know states in the East were used as destinations to remove children from the midwest and west - very far away to make it difficult or next to impossible to find tribal family. With sealed adoption files, it's a miracle many of them succeed at all.”

Their first book covers the history of Indian child removals across the US and Canada, the adoption projects, their impact on Indian Country and how it impacts the adoptee and their families, Congressional testimony, quotes, news and several narratives from adoptees in the US and Canada in the 375-page anthology. The second anthology will include updates from adoptees in their first book and new essays from new adoptees.

"I encourage adoptees who have not found their tribal relatives to submit a photo and their birth information, as much as they know, so we can help them find their families and help them have a successful reunion. That is our goal with this new book," DeMeyer said about the new untitled anthology.  "Watching the Baby Veronica saga, we hope that more Americans will understand the impact of the Indian Adoption Projects and ARENA programs, and how the Indian Child Welfare Act was made federal law in 1978 because of our removals.  Adoptees born prior to ICWA lived through it and need to share their astonishing stories of survival."

Contact: Trace A. DeMeyer, 413-258-0115 (message)
Send submissions to tracedemeyer@yahoo.com (email)


TWO WORLDS anthology

Early reader comments included: “…sometimes shocking, often an emotional read…this book is for individuals interested in the culture and history of the Native American Indian, but also on the reading lists of universities offering ethnic/culture/Native studies.”

“Well-researched and obviously a subject close to the heart of the authors/compilers, I found the extent of what can only be described as ‘child-snatching’ from the Native Americans quite staggering. It’s not something I was aware of before…”

“The individual pieces are open and honest and give a good insight into the turmoil of dislocation from family and tribe… I think it does have value and a story to tell. I was affected by the stories I read, and amazed by the facts presented…. because it is saying something new, interesting and often astonishing.”

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