Today we are pleased to share with you the first in our three-part series, Born of History: A Tulalip Youth’s Journey to Indigenize Child Welfare.
The series was reported and photographed by Indigenous Children and Families Reporter Nancy Marie Spears, and shares an in-depth account of a rarely heard voice — a young person who grew up in a tribal child welfare system. Over three days, Born of History covers the past, present and future that Andres “Dre” Thornock represents, and the unique role this 23-year-old plays within the Tulalip Tribes. The series is being co-published with ICT. Formerly known as Indian Country Today, ICT is the largest news organization covering the Indigenous world, including American Indians, Alaska Natives and First Nations.
Nancy, who is an enrolled member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, reported this story over the past 10 months. Her reporting includes a four-day trip in March to the Tulalip reservation, and dozens of in-depth conversations with Thornock by phone and videoconference. For contextual information and expert opinion, she reviewed thousands of pages of court files and interviewed members of Tulalip Tribes, Thornock’s kin, attorneys, tribal officials, judges, social workers and academics.
As always, we welcome your thoughts and feedback after reading Born of History. We could not do this work without your support, and very much appreciate the time you devote to The Imprint's pages.
Karen de Sá