|Beginning in 1916, the U.S. Children's Bureau
brought its baby-week campaign to thousands of cities, towns,
and rural communities across the United States. The photograph above was
taken during a baby-week celebration on an Indian reservation.
The Adoption Resource
Exchange of North America (ARENA), founded in 1966, was the immediate
successor to the Indian Adoption Project. ARENA was the first national
adoption resource exchange devoted to finding homes
for hard-to-place children. It continued the practice of placing
Native American children with white adoptive parents for a number of
years in the early 1970s. (It's estimated some 20,000 children were
removed from their First Nations families and sent
to non-Native parents in the US.)
||The National Adoption Resource
Exchange, later renamed the Adoption Resource Exchange of North America
(ARENA), was established as an outgrowth of the Indian
Quote: ARNOLD LYSLO, DIRECTOR, INDIAN ADOPTION PROJECT 12/1962
Indian children have
certain rights which are theirs by birthright. That is, they have rights
of tribal enrollment if they meet the requirements for enrollment set
up by the tribe. As tribal members they have the
right to share in all the assets of the tribe which are distributed on a
per capita basis. The actual as well as anticipated benefits of an
Indian child adopted through our Project are furnished by the Secretary
of Interior. The Secretary of Interior, through
the superintendent of the Indian agency where the child is enrolled, has
the right to approve or disapprove of any plan made for the
distribution of funds belonging to an Indian child.
Editor Note: Even though Lyslo said
we have rights, we are still taken from our tribes and placed in
non-Indian families - which is part and parcel of a genocide program.
And maybe those non-Indian parents adopted us for the
money we could earn as tribal members...Poverty was often cited as the
reason for removal - so who caused the poverty?? - we know the
This post is about the government sanctioned Indian Adoption Project when adoptive parents were questioned over a period of years. It was a study. Who did they ask? Not the adoptee. But there were many projects and many churches who ran adoption programs... More than just this Indian Adoption Project... Trace
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