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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/ .
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Oregon: Houses Passes Bill to Place Native American Foster Children in Culturally Appropriate Care #ICWA
House Bill 4148 was passed in the Oregon House of Representatives
on Thursday, February 20. The legislation seeks to place Native
American and Alaska Native foster children in culturally appropriate
WOULD ALIGN OREGON WITH FEDERAL LAW: This
bill modifies the current dependency law in order to better fit with
the Indian Child Welfare Act and mandates the Oregon Department of Human
Services to provide reports every other year on American Indian and
Alaska Native children in the welfare system.
This new legislation essentially works to
protect Native American children in culturally appropriate environments
within Oregon’s foster care system. “Culturally appropriate” meaning
that the cultural identity of Native American foster children will be
protected through carrying on their traditions and connection to their
family and tribe whilst they are in the foster care system.
The bill is a response to the
federal Indian Child Welfare Act, which was created “to protect the
best interests of Indian children and to promote the stability and
security of Indian tribes and families by the establishment of minimum
Federal standards for the removal of Indian children from their families
and the placement of such children in foster or adoptive homes which
will reflect the unique values of Indian culture.”
4148 is a direct follow up to concerns
about over-representation of Native American children in the foster care
system, who made up 4.8 percent of Oregon’s system in 2018, though they
make up only 1.6 percent of the total population.
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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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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