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Support Info: If you are a Survivor and need emotional support, a national crisis line is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week: Residential School Survivor Support Line: 1-866-925-4419. Additional Health Support Information: Emotional, cultural, and professional support services are also available to Survivors and their families through the Indian Residential Schools Resolution Health Support Program. Services can be accessed on an individual, family, or group basis.” These & regional support phone numbers are found at https://nctr.ca/contact/survivors/ .
Duthu began his involvement in the project as a consultant.
Source: Eli Burakian/Courtesy of Dartmouth College
“Dawnland,” a documentary co-produced by Native
American studies professor N. Bruce Duthu, recently won the News &
Documentary Emmy Award for Outstanding Research.
“Dawnland” tells the story of indigenous child removal in the United
States during the 20th century — when child welfare authorities forced
Native American children to live in non-Native foster care, adoptive
homes or boarding schools. The documentary follows the first so-called
Truth and Reconciliation Commission in the United States for the
contemporary Wabanaki community in Maine.
Duthu said that he believes
“Dawnland” serves as a cautionary tale about “state power being
misdirected against vulnerable populations.”
Currently leading a the Native
American Studies Domestic Studies Program in Santa Fe, NM, Duthu said he
regretted that he was not able to join his team at the awards ceremony
in New York City, but he described the ceremony as “wonderful,” adding
that he was later told that many Wabanaki people featured in the
documentary were present at the ceremony.
Duthu said that his involvement with the project began when he was
brought on as a consultant to help the production team with legal and
policy aspects of the federal Indian Child Welfare Act. Later on, as
Duthu continued to help the team with research, fundraising and resource
connections, he was invited to become a co-producer.
“Dawnland” co-director Adam Mazo said he was introduced to Duthu by
Native American studies professor Colin Calloway and expressed his
gratitude for having Duthu on the team.
“His way of distilling complex ideas into more easily
digestible pieces is super helpful for us, as we are not academics,”
According to Duthu and Mazo, one of
the most important accomplishments during the production of “Dawnland”
was finding the footage of a U.S. Senate hearing on the Indian Child
Welfare Act that occurred in the 1970s. At the hearing, Native American
witnesses testified that children were abused and forced into foster
Duthu said that when the team was reading through the transcript of
the hearing, they noticed that a senator asked a witness if the light
was too bright. That was when the team realized the hearing had actually
been videotaped. Following an extensive effort from many members inside
and outside of the film team, they finally were able to discover the
footage at a local television station in Boston.
“This took a lot of patience from the team, and a lot of hard work,” Duthu said.
Mazo said he was inspired to direct “Dawnland” after he first heard
about the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in 2013. He added that
this commission was “historic,” as it was the first of its kind in the
United States sanctioned by the state and tribal governments. He also
noted that “Dawnland” was related to a 2010 documentary he directed,
“Coexist,” about forced reconciliation after the 1994 Rwandan genocide.
“We also want to acknowledge genocide in this country’s history,”
Mazo said. “We hope [‘Dawnland’] is going to put a greater spotlight on
the story of the Wabanaki people and the reality of indigenous child
removal that continues in this country today.”
“Dawnland” senior advisor and co-founder of the Akomawt Educational
Initiative Chris Newell described “Dawnland” winning an Emmy as a
“surreal experience.” A member of the Wabanaki tribe that “Dawnland”
documents, Newell said that he believed it was his responsibility to
help the story of his community “to be told correctly.”
Newell, who is now involved in multiple educational projects focusing
on the education of Native American history, said he valued the
opportunity that “Dawnland” provided to tell the story of the Wabanaki
people to a larger audience.
“I was just part of a team that helps tell the story, but the story
belongs to the people that told their truth and they are the ones that
this recognition should really reflect,” Newell said.
Native Americans at Dartmouth co-president Elsa Armstrong ’20 said
she watched some “Dawnland” clips in Duthu’s class NAS 30.3, “Native
American Literature and Law” last winter. She said she appreciated that
the clips were able to show history from an indigenous perspective.
Evan Barton ’20 described Duthu’s teaching as “phenomenal,” saying
that Duthu was able to “challenge [students] appropriately” to “inspire
creative processes.” Though he has not watched “Dawnland,” Barton said
he was really eager to see the film to learn about the impact of child
foster care on indigenous communities.
Although Duthu said that he was not a filmmaker and does not
currently plan to pursue more filmmaking, he added that he was open to
“I never expected to be involved with something as significant as
‘Dawnland,’ so I am always open to opportunities where I might be able
to be helpful,” Duthu said.
“Dawnland” was screened on the Dartmouth campus last October in Loew Auditorium.
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.
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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.
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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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