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#323 - Milestones in Blogging
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ago, a blog about American Indian Adoptees was a dream and the history of the Indian Adoption Projects was buried. Now it’s out there.
Three years ago, this blog was born. I set it up in 2009 but I didn’t blog much that
year since I was just getting my feet wet - it seemed daunting at first. It was
the technical parts of blogging that were new to me. But I had plenty to say and lots of research,
news and history to share.
This is my 323rd post.
It’s hard to wrap my head around that and how this one little blog has had over
The most important
thing for me to say is this: Thank you. I don’t think I say it enough.
That you all come back here week after week, reading, commenting, and sharing
this blog means the world to me. That you’ve spent your hard-earned money on my
memoir One Small Sacrifice, told your friends about it, talked about
it on Facebook, visited my Book Page, you’ve taught me my vision for this history to
be told - it was not wrong.
It’s not every day I
get to say this - thank you.
To recap the life of
this blog, I thought I would highlight some of the biggest milestones of the
past three years.
Top Search Engine: Google (they referred
4,500 people to this blog)
Most Searched Word: Split Feather
Most Page Views: Split Feathers Study (1,253
people have read this study on Native American adoptees called Split Feathers
which is incredible!)
Visitors around the world who regularly
read this blog: USA, Canada, Germany,
United Kingdom, Russia, France, Australia, India, South Korea, and the Netherlands.
I could go on and on, but for
now let me just say that you all are the best. Thank you.
Thank you, thank you,
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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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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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