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BITTERROOT: Adoption Didn't Solve the Indian Problem
Adoption didn’t solve the “Indian Problem.” Its weight simply shifted
to our small shoulders. No one told us “we” represented “them.” We had
to find that out for ourselves. Some of us are still looking. Bitterroot
is a roadmap. - Susan Harness
An author recounts how 1960s policies ripped apart families and communities, including her own.
MUST READ: Adoption didn’t solve the ‘Indian Problem’ — High Country News
See her other posts on this blog... HERE
Susan Devan Harness, author of
Bitterroot: A Salish Memoir of Transracial Adoption
is a member of the Confederated Salish Kootenai Tribes, a writer
lecturer and cultural anthropologist living in Fort Collins, Colorado.
This past weekend Bitterroot: A Salish Memoir of Transracial Adoption took
home two awards at the High Plains Book Festival: Creative Nonfiction
and Indigenous Writer. I am so honored to be among so many really great
Thank you goes to the readers and staff of the High Plains Book
Festival, the University of Nebraska Press for their seeing the value of
this project, my advisers Kate Browne and John Calderazzo, the
overwhelming support from friends and family and the
many voices who contributed to this work.
It is humbling.
All my best,
Susan Harness, M.A.
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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