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Monday, November 7, 2016
Called Home: The RoadMap: We Will Always Dream in Indian
By LT Hentz
Our job as humans is to connect the dots. I published this link on the ACE STUDY and learned about that important study while I was writing my memoir One Small Sacrifice.
What does it mean for an adoptee to be raised outside your ancestry
and culture that isn’t white/American? I have some answers in this new
anthology CALLED HOME: The RoadMap. [ ISBN-13: 978-0692700334 (Blue
Hand Books) ]
Here’s an excerpt of the PREFACE
No matter who adopts us, new parents will never erase our blood, ancestry, DNA… or our dreams…
matter how much I want to believe things have changed for the better in
Indian Country and in our world, the reality is there is still an
“adoption-land” waiting to scoop up more children and more children who
need healthy moms and dads. This anthology and this entire book series
will be their roadmap.
This is why Patricia and I chose the title CALLED HOME for this anthology. Roadmap was added to the second edition you are now reading.
are many adoptees called home, but very few are back living on tribal
lands. It’s a testament to the courage to be in reunion as adult
adoptees, as survivors who were part of the government plans to rid the
world of Indigenous and First Nation People. Adoption didn’t kill our
spirit but it hurt us deeply.
ten years of researching the topic and history of adoption, sadly,
states like South Dakota and South Carolina are still violating federal
law called the Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978 when Native children are
supposed to be placed with family, close kin, a relative, or with a
different tribe. “Stranger adoptions” with non-Indian parents is
supposed to be the absolute last resort or rare occurrence. However, it
can still happen, you can read the chapter on Baby V.
face it: With a shortage of Native adoptive and foster homes in the US
and Canada, children will be lost and later called Lost Birds, adoptees
and Stolen Generations. Indian Country as a
whole is still impoverished, living with daily reminders of broken
treaties, remote reservations, soul-crushing poverty, loss of land,
shortages of language speakers, and generations who are dealing with
post-traumatic stress after centuries of war, residential boarding
school abuse, food scarcity and neglect. Since so many are still
subjected to Third World conditions, Indigenous children will continue
to be taken and placed into foster care and adoptions. (Wasn’t this the
original plan to erase all Indians?) Native American moms and dads can
still lose their child (or all their children) in courtrooms of white
privilege and cultural insensitivity.
visit to Brock University in 2014, my co-editor Patricia Busbee and I
learned how foster and adoptive parents are invited to bring their
Native child to First Nations Friendship Centres
in the Niagara, Ontario area. Children are invited to hear stories,
learn their language and songs, while their new adoptive parents can
participate in activities, too. The entire family is welcome and
nourished in this cultural exchange.
Country needs to look to its northerly neighbors in Canada and start its
own US-wide “Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC),” and reinvent
and redesign its own child care protection systems for the sake of its
own future generations. Maine is the only state with a TRC.
many adoptees contacted me wanting to find their first families, I can
say with certainty adoptees are CALLED HOME, called in dreams to be
reunited with family members and their many nations. These adoptees do
find a way to reconnect despite difficulties with archaic laws, a
clueless public, biased lawmakers, closed adoptions, sealed court
documents and falsified birth records.
It’s long overdue that North America opens their closed adoption files. When this happens, ifthis
happens, the entire world will finally comprehend how adoption was
actually colonization and the trafficking of Indigenous Indian children
by the “Nation Builders” who call themselves America and Canada. We in
North America are literally educated to be ignorant
of the true history of our colonization, by the nation builders who use
it and what really happened here. Hiding it only perpetuates continued
racism and intolerance.
is lifting now and it’s time we shine a light on the hidden history of
the Indian Adoption Projects and Programs like ARENA, the Indian
Adoption Projects, Operation Papoose, Project Rainbow and the 60s
Scoop. You will read about these programs in this book.
writers in this book, adoption was the tool of assimilation, erasing
our identity and sovereign rights as tribal citizens, intending it to be
many of us, states still won’t release our files to us, even as
adults. We have included a section in this book for adoptees who are
still searching for clues after their closed adoptions. Many adoptees
are doing DNA tests with relatives and to find relatives..
As these books travel to new lands and new hands, I pray that adoptive parents accept that we cannot be the child they want
us to be, or dream us to be, and that we are born with our own unique
biology, ancestry and characteristics. We will always dream in Indian.
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
click to read and listen about Trace, Diane, Julie and Suzie
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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