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Saturday, December 9, 2017
We were not supposed to ‘be’ Indian
Adoptee Susan Harness with her younger brother James Allen in 2012.
An anthropological search for belonging and identity
At eighteen months old, Susan Harness (M.A. cultural anthropology
’06, M.A. creative nonfiction ’16) was removed from her home because of
neglect. Notes from the social worker document a hungry infant with
infected and bleeding mosquito bites and a diaper that hadn’t been
changed in days. Harness and two of her siblings had been left in the
care of their six-year-old sister by a mother who regularly disappeared
for extended periods of time.
Family and community members on Flathead Indian Reservation in
Montana were unable to help since they did not have the economic
resources. As a result, in 1960, like over 30 percent of American Indian
children in that time period, Harness was adopted into a non-American
The Indian Adoption Project was a small study interested in
understanding the impact of transracial adoption on American Indian
children. From 1958 through 1967, researchers spoke with a small subset
of American Indian children who were adopted by white families.
Proponents of this practice argued that this was an improvement over
previous policies which resulted in difficulties placing American Indian
children into homes. Harness’ experience and later academic research
document a unique perspective on this subject – that of the child
“The primary purpose of placing over a third of American Indian
children with white families was assimilation,” said Harness. “My
adoption, like nearly every other transracial adoption, was a closed
adoption. This means our names were changed; our families, our tribes
and nation, erased. Our entire identity was kept locked away in files
that could be opened only by court order, trusting you could find a
sympathetic judge. Therefore, finding our way home would be almost
impossible. That’s how it was meant to be. We were not supposed to ‘be’
Indian, we were supposed to become members of the dominant society, with
full and complete access to the American Dream.”
"We were not supposed to ‘be’ Indian, we were supposed
to become members of the dominant society, with full and complete access
to the American Dream." – Susan Harness (upcoming book Bitterroot: A Salish Memoir of Transracial Adoption, out fall 2018 from University of Nebraska Press.)
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.
Almost 7000 bodies found and not one member of the church has been arrested. The names are out there. The church must be held accountable. #NeverForget#EveryChildMatters
The Justice Department is protecting the names of many perpetrators of abuse of Indigenous children. We need a special independent prosecutor who can force the government and church to turn over the documents. There can be no reconciliation without justice.@MumilaaqQaqqaqpic.twitter.com/5TL6OxKM5O
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.
Did you know?
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.
Diane Tells His Name
Lost Birds on Al Jazeera Fault Lines
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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.
Original Birth Certificate Map in the USA
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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