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Monday, December 9, 2013

AMAZING new scholarship on Indian Slavery and Genocide

Honorable Justice Murray Sinclair


Photos by Trace
By Trace A. DeMeyer

I was very fortunate to attend some of these panels at Yale in November and had planned to write about some of what I heard. It would actually be better if you watched the panels yourself! This was a ground-breaker - since many of the presenters are Native authors working on new research!

Please watch all of them but especially The Honorable Justice Murray Sinclair, Chair, Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada
VIDEO

THE CONFERENCE:
Indigenous Enslavement and Incarceration in North American History
 
Video from the Gilder Lehrman Center’s 15th Annual International Conference, held November 15-16, 2013 in Luce Hall at Yale University is now online.
 
Studies of indigenous slavery have multiplied in the past decade, changing not only the ways we think about slavery, but also race, citizenship, and nation. This conference brought together some of this exciting new work and traced its effects on and within Native American communities. It did so self-consciously in its expressed focus on slavery and incarceration. Such an emphasis, we hope, connected new slavery scholarship done in early American history with contemporary investigations into incarceration and prison studies.
Video of the conference is online at: http://www.yale.edu/glc/indigenous-slavery/schedule.htm

AND:
I was also able to meet the esteemed author Margaret D. Jacobs who has a new book coming out about American Indian Adoption. As we hugged, we both cried. It was my honor to meet this scholar and thank her for her academic scholarship on our behalf. I didn't know she would be aware of this blog American Indian Adoptees or my two books - but she knew.
Margaret Jacobs is seated at left
  • Margaret Jacobs, University of Nebraska
  • Tsianina Lomawaima, University of Arizona
  • Tiya Miles, University of Michigan
  • Ned Blackhawk, Yale University
  • Moderator: David W. Blight, Yale University VIDEO

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To Veronica Brown

Veronica, we adult adoptees are thinking of you today and every day. We will be here when you need us. Your journey in the adopted life has begun, nothing can revoke that now, the damage cannot be undone. Be courageous, you have what no adoptee before you has had; a strong group of adult adoptees who know your story, who are behind you and will always be so.