Settlers and Assimilation

— Attempting to Erase Indigenous Peoples

In Martin Luther King, Jr.’s words, “We are perhaps the only nation which tried as a matter of national policy to wipe out its indigenous population.” 

Child Removal

The child removal in the boarding school era continues, in a way, with the over-used practice of placing Indigenous children outside of their communities, non-Indigenous homes, for foster care or adoption.

National Indian Child Welfare Association (NICWA) offers brief  fact sheets and a summary of “myths and facts” that succinctly tell the story of child removal from Native families and communities and the Indian Child Welfare Act.  Check out their 5-minute videos as well, such as Becky’s and Fawn’s stories.

Maine-Wabanaki REACH is a cross-cultural collaboration that supported the Maine Wabanaki-State Child Welfare Truth and Reconciliation Commission.   REACH stands for Reconciliation-Engagement-Advocacy-Change-Healing.  Check their website (above) to learn about their beginnings, and their current work.

Blood Memory – A story of Removal and Return – a feature length documentary about the removal of Native children from their homes and communities, and the work of Sandy White Hawk to gather in scattered adoptees from the Rosebud reservation, and to welcome them home. The producers of the film are taking it on tour around North America. See the website (above) for news of presentations near you.