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Maryland Laws affecting adoptees : HB1039 Overwhelmingly Passes Full House
The Maryland House of Delegates overwhelmingly passed HB1039 on March
11, sending the equal rights bill to the Senate for final
The vote, initially reported as 130-8, became official later at
131-7. Two delegates who are adopted spoke strongly in favor of the
bill: Republican April Rose of Carroll County and Delegate Courtney
Watson, Democrat of Howard County. HB1039 is sponsored by Republican
Michael Malone, and it has now moved to the Senate, where its companion
bill is already under consideration in the Judicial Proceedings
Committee. Senator Susan Lee is the sponsor of the Senate bill.
“We are pleased that the overall response from our legislators has
been positive and very supportive,” said Susie Stricker, the founder of
Maryland Adoptee Rights, a member of the Capitol Coalition for Adoptee
Rights. “We have cleared a huge hurdle, but need to keep the momentum
moving forward by urging our lawmakers to vote for the HB1039 as it is
written and keeps it equal.”
“Moving this legislation along has been a dream of mine for over 10
years,” said Peggy Klappenberger, a Maryland adoptee and advocate with
Maryland Adoptee Rights. “To be sitting where we are today is surreal,
and I know it couldn’t have happened without Susie Stricker and all the
hard work she put in to get this bill written and into both chambers. It
also wouldn’t have been possible without the support of the adoptee
community both nationally and here in Maryland. Everyone has been
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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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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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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