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Thursday, April 28, 2016

Two Worlds, Called Home, Stolen Generations: Telling Our Stories

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Challenges to ICWA based on legally and historically false assumptions

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Fletcher & Singel on the Historical Basis for the Trust Relationship between the US and Indian Children


Fletcher & Singel have posted “Indian Children and the Federal Tribal Trust Relationship” on SSRN. (click title to download the free pdf)

Here is the abstract:
This article develops the history of the role of Indian children in the formation of the federal-tribal trust relationship and comes as constitutional challenges to the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) are now pending. We conclude the historical record demonstrates the core of the federal-tribal trust relationship is the welfare of Indian children and their relationship to Indian nations. The challenges to ICWA are based on legally and historically false assumptions about federal and state powers in relation to Indian children and the federal government’s trust relationship with Indian children.
Indian children have been a focus of federal Indian affairs at least since the Framing of the Constitution. The Founding Generation initially used Indian children as military and diplomatic pawns, and later undertook a duty of protection to Indian nations and, especially, Indian children. Dozens of Indian treaties memorialize and implement the federal government’s duty to Indian children. Sadly, the United States then catastrophically distorted that duty of protection by deviating from its constitution-based obligations well into the 20th century. It was during this Coercive Period that federal Indian law and policy largely became unmoored from the constitution.
The modern duty of protection, now characterized as a federal general trust relationship, is manifested in federal statutes such as ICWA and various self-determination acts that return self-governance to tribes and acknowledge the United States’ duty of protection to Indian children. The federal duty of protection of internal tribal sovereignty, which has been strongly linked to the welfare of Indian children since the Founding, is now as closely realized as it ever has been throughout American history. In the Self-Determination Era, modern federal laws, including ICWA, constitute a return of federal Indian law and policy to constitutional fidelity.

Very important history!

Monday, April 25, 2016

Destruction of Victim Statements #60sScoop #ForcedRemovals #StolenGenerations

Working Link To Canada Court Decision Included – In 15 Years Destroy TRC-Canada Victim Statements Of Canada Scoops Victims, Doesn’t Refer To USA & West Europe-placed Victims


April 25, 2016 [Originally published April 19, 2016]

Whether the decision of Canada Court mandates or allows destruction of recently concluded Canada – Truth & Reconciliation Commission victim statements, nowhere in the opinion of the Canada Court are the victim statements collected and certified by Truth & Reconciliation Commission – Canada  of USA Placed Victims – Survivors of Canada Scoops referred to.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/aboriginal/stories-of-residential-school-abuse-can-be-shredded-after-15years-1.3520210

Link to full text of court decision, http://www.ontariocourts.ca/decisions/2016/2016ONCA0241.htm

SOURCE : USA Placed Victims-Survivors of The Canadian Scoops blog



Archive photos (Trace Hentz) Yale 2014
















CBC:



Survivors of Canada's notorious residential school system have the right to see their stories archived if they wish, but their accounts must otherwise be destroyed  in 15 years, Ontario's top court ruled in a split decision (April 4).
 
At issue are documents related to compensation claims made by as many as 30,000 survivors of Indian residential schools — many heart-rending accounts of sexual, physical and psychological abuse. 
******************** and also from their blog

USA’s 1st Lady On The Forcible Removal Of North American Indian Children

June 26, 2015

The First Lady Michelle Obama says it well, “given this history, we shouldn’t be surprised at the challenges that kids in (North American) Indian Country are facing today.  And we should never forget that we played a role in this.  Make no mistake about it – we own this.” 

“For more than a century, the governments of Canada and the United States pursued a policy of forcible removal of indigenous children from their homes and communities.  The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada recently released a report on these removal practices, recognizing them to be part of a policy of “cultural genocide.”

It could not have happened without the complicity of the elites of the Canadian Indian Bands themselves.
http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/civil-rights/245996-if-truth-be-told





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[Editor Note: This is the new HOLOCAUST - destroying records won't erase the past but some judges want to wipe it off the face of the earth? Really? The Jews build shrines and museums and make films about their own, right?...Trace]

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Why it's so important? #ICWA #adoption #stolengenerations

If you thought that ethnic cleansing was something for the history books, think again...

Book One
By Trace Hentz, editor of the new book STOLEN GENERATIONS

In the last few days, I checked the book reviews in the UK (England) and was so happy to read this great honest review for Two Worlds by Yassmin. She gets it! (read her quote above and the review below)

The writers in the first anthology Two Worlds (Book 1) broke new ground. They told their story in their own way in their own words. (I like to tease them and call them rock stars.)  We are the pre-ICWA adoptees - before the federal law was signed, preventing adoption to non-Indian parents and thereby supporting kinship adoption when children remain in their tribal community.

For these adoptees, it takes real courage to think about the past and try to make sense of it.  Many of us adoptees thought we were the only one...  I know I did.

Many of us felt alone, isolated, confused.

Then we have to look at the reunion aspects of our journey with relatives and parents, and doing that we reconnect to our sovereign nations again.  Maybe we were already enrolled, maybe not.  Maybe we have land to inherit, maybe not.  (The purpose of these adoptions was to erase us, end our rights, take our land and erase "the Indian" us off the BIA books.)

Book 2 (40 adoptees +)
Now in 2016 I find that we have more than one generation who was affected by the various Indian Adoption Projects.  We have adult children of adoptees who are living their own identity issues... and they have questions.  Two of these men wrote in the new book Stolen Generations. Their parent was adopted out.

Can you see how widespread this is (in Canada and the US) and how it's a growing  problem?  The problem is exasperated by states with sealed adoption records and the Bureau of Indian Affairs who is not actively helping us adoptees rejoin our tribes. 
The deception is obvious - their point was to not have any of us be Indian and enrolled!

 
1 of 1 people found the following helpful
Thought-provoking and moving 11 October 2012
Two Worlds - Lost children of the Indian Adoption Projects

If you thought that ethnic cleansing was something for the history books, think again. This work tells the stories of Native American Indian adoptees "The Lost Birds" who continue to suffer the effects of successive US and Canadian government policies on adoption; policies that were in force as recently as the 1970's. Many of the contributors still bear the scars of their separation from their ancestral roots. What becomes apparent to the reader is the reality of a racial memory that lives in the DNA of adoptees and calls to them from the past.
The editors have let the contributors tell their own stories of their childhood and search for their blood relatives, allowing the reader to gain a true impression of their personalities. What becomes apparent is that nothing is straightforward; re-assimilation brings its own cultural and emotional problems. Not all of the stories are harrowing or sad; there are a number of heart-warming successes, and not all placements amongst white families had negative consequences. But with whom should the ultimate decision of adoption reside? Government authorities or the Indian people themselves? Read Two Worlds and decide for yourself.


LINK
 What is significant about this new book? Everything. 10 years ago there were no books. Now we have more than one generation who experienced the Indian Adoption Projects and 60s Scoop.

We have documented new history in our own words in Three Books!

For me, that is all I hoped for, prayed for... I have been reunited with my own family over 20 years.
...and because I feel as I do doesn't mean adoption will ever change... it probably won't.
I am a voice in the wind... I just want to spare a child the pain of secrecy, lies, hurt, loss...

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

STOLEN GENERATIONS! Survivors of the Indian Adoption Projects and 60s Scoop ON SALE tomorrow

cover art by Ojibwe adoptee Terry Niska Watson
NEW BOOK NOTICE: April 20, 2016

A highly anticipated follow up to the history-making anthologies TWO WORLDS (Book One) and CALLED HOME (Book Two): Lost Children of the Indian Adoption Projects series, STOLEN GENERATIONS: Survivors of the Indian Adoption Projects and 60s Scoop offers more narratives on the history of land-taking and child theft/adoption projects in the name of Manifest Destiny in North America. These narratives make clear that Lost Children are not only survivors but resilient.

A collection of adoptees’ firsthand accounts and the historical background of the Indian Adoption Projects and 60s Scoop, along with pertinent news, history, documentaries, quotes and bibliography, this stunning new anthology has been edited by award winning journalist, adoptee-author Trace L Hentz (formerly DeMeyer).



"Stolen Generations" is available now in the Kindle Store. It is available here.
BUY LINK  PAPERBACK HERE: https://www.createspace.com/5982643





By Trace Hentz (Shawnee-Cherokee-French Canadian mix)


I am honored to be editor of this new anthology, to know these adoptees (or their relative who wrote an essay) and to work with them. Their stories will amaze you, make you cry, make you proud and best of all, this collection writes new truth, new history, blazing new ground!

After doing two earlier anthologies, WE are survivors and WE are resilient. That I know.

Ebook proceeds will benefit the IronEagleFeather Project for adoptees. Levi and I are creating a safe haven and workshops for adoptees...


Contributors:
INTRO: Johnathan Brooks (Northern Cheyenne)
Preface: Trace Hentz (Shawnee-Cherokee mix)
Joseph Henning (Cree)
Leland Pacheco Kirk Morrill (Navajo)
Nakuset (Cree)
Debra Newman (Choctaw Cherokee)
Belinda Mastalski Smith (Oneida New York)
Janelle Black Owl (Mandan, Hidatasa, Turtle Mountain Chippewa, Lakota)
Susan Devan Harness (Confederated Salish Kootenai Tribes)
Dana LoneHill (Oglala Lakota)
Joy Meness (Iroquois)
Levi William EagleFeather Sr. (Sicangu Lakota)
Patricia Busbee (Cherokee)
Karl Mizenmayer (Minnesota Ojibwe)
MITZI LIPSCOMB/ROSEMARY BLACKBIRD (Walpole Bkejwanong First Nations)
Rebecca Larsen (Quinault Indian Nation)
Joseph M. Pierce (Cherokee)
Mary St. Martin (Koyukon Athabascan)
Joshua Whitehead (Peguis First Nation Manitoba)
 
COVER ART: Terry Niska Watson (White Earth) 
This illustration I painted years ago when I was in a very dark place in my life.  This is a painting of a subject matter that has always drawn my interest, that is the Native life and the beauty of tradition, family and nature.  As my sister, Elizabeth Blake, said about this painting that still hangs on my wall, “the most interesting part is that the face is not visible.  That is how it is when you do not know your birth family.”

PREVIEW:  Once Upon A Time

Stolen Generations (Book 3)

Survivor Narratives of 60s Scoop and First Nations adoptees
An anthology of adoptees’ firsthand accounts and the historical background of the Indian Adoption Projects and 60s Scoop in North America
ISBN-13: 978-0692615560 (Blue Hand Books) 
Paperback $12.96 
Kindle ebook $3.96

Email for more information: larahentz@yahoo.com
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Friday, April 15, 2016

Zintkala Nuni - Lost Bird of Wounded Knee

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Witness - Voices of the Heart - Part 1



Watch all the Al Jazeera videos on Native Americans. All of them.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Today's Child Propaganda

Here is a link to read the article:

Today's Child - over 15,000 kids adopted out in Ontario, many of them Native.
Leland Kirk who sent me this said: I think the adoption networks across Canada are covering up the native children Helen Allen adopted out...I still wonder how many she was responsible for... And then understand we will never know because those stats won't ever be revealed.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Drunktown's Finest Trailer (Official)



This movie is a MUST SEE!

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Critical time for #ICWA




nicwa-panel
Photo by Suzette Brewer: Hillary Tompkins, Solicitor General at Interior, Lawrence S. Roberts, Acting assistant secretary for BIA, Commissioner Raphael Lopez from the Administration on Children, Youth and Families; and Sam Hirsch, deputy assistant attorney general for the Department of Justice are seen at the opening session of the 34th annual National Indian Child Welfare Association.

Federal Agencies Launch Initiative to Support the Implementation and Enforcement of ICWA

4/4/16
Today at the opening session of the 34th annual National Indian Child Welfare Association in St. Paul, Minnesota, acting Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Indian Affairs Lawrence S. Roberts announced an interagency memorandum of understanding (MOU) in collaboration with the Departments of Justice and Health and Human Services to ensure compliance with and implementation of the Indian Child Welfare Act.

Calling for more robust enforcement and compliance with ICWA, the three federal agencies were joined this morning by Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton, Congresswoman Betty McCollum (D-Minnesota), and St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman in support of the federal law, which has recently come under attack by the adoption industry seeking to overturn the 38-year-old federal statute.

“This MOU marshals the appropriate focus and resources of Interior, Justice and HHS to ensure that Congress’s intent in protecting Indian children and families is carried out,” said Roberts. “We want to assure Indian families and tribal leaders that the Obama Administration’s dedication to ICWA’s goals remains an enduring policy for Indian country. Focused implementation and compliance of ICWA protects Indian children and families, strengthens the social fabric of tribal communities, and ensures that tribes are able to serve their citizens for generations to come.”

According to the BIA, the purposes of the MOU are fourfold: To establish the continued commitment of the three partner agencies regarding the importance of ICWA and its implementation for the health and well-being of Indian children, families, and communities; to formally establish the ICWA Interagency Workgroup to promote the purposes of ICWA and the agencies' mutual interests in ensuring implementation and compliance; and to promote communication and collaborative efforts in federal activities that support ICWA implementation and compliance; and to establish structures and procedures to ensure that the Workgroup operates effectively and efficiently.

“This is a critical time for ICWA given the unprecedented attacks on the statute, which goes to the heart of Congress’ authority to pass legislation regarding tribes and Indian people,” said Sam Hirsch, the principal deputy assistant attorney general for the DOJ, in his remarks to the NICWA general assembly. “We are handling lawsuits that challenge the constitutionality of ICWA itself, as well as the BIA guidelines interpreting the statute. Importantly, these cases could potentially have repercussions for other laws regarding Indian tribes and their members. The popular press accounts have a similar theme. In those accounts, there is no recognition of the sovereignty of tribes, of the significance of tribal citizenship or the legal, moral framework that underpins federal policy in this area. This portrayal of ICWA is grossly distorted.”

According to the BIA, each federal agency will designate the appropriate components or subcomponents to participate in the Workgroup. Additionally, other federal agencies may participate in the activities of the Interagency Workgroup as appropriate and, with the written agreement of all then-current permanent members, may also become permanent members by signing on to the MOU.

“We know from the federal Adoption Foster Care Analysis Reporting System (AFCARS) that American Indian/Alaska Native children are disproportionately represented in most child welfare systems nationally at two times their population rate and as much as 10 times in state systems―that is unacceptable,” said Raphael Lopez, Commissioner of the Administration on Children, Youth and Families (ACYF). “These are data points that tell the story of our children. They tell the story of our families, they tell the story of America. It is often not the easiest to hear, but important to squarely name and engage in issues of race and class and culture and politics that we must struggle with every day to make this work.”

Lopez said the ICWA Interagency Workgroup is an important step in aligning Congress’ intent in passing ICWA with the force of federal agencies to support its continued enforcement. Additionally, he said that, for the first time since ICWA was passed in 1978, the AYCF will begin specifically collecting data under the AFCARS system on the well-being of American Indian/Alaska Native Children.

“Why does this matter? Because it will be able to tell us exactly what is happening to every child across the country,” said Lopez. “We know that ICWA is the best practice, we know it is the gold standard. It is the law and we are going to enforce it.”
Addressing the recent firestorm of controversy surrounding the return of a Choctaw Nation tribal member to her relatives in Utah by the Los Angeles County DCFS, acting Assistant Secretary Roberts said that while foster families are deserving of respect for the work they do in providing temporary homes to children in state custody, that this was a standard reunification case that is the law in most states across the country.

“This was a reunification of a child with her family and two sisters, which is a very common objective among the courts in over 35 states,” said Roberts, who is also an attorney. “This was not national news, so it is unfortunate that these folks want to use a 6-year-old girl to spin their narrative, in which they ignore the facts and do not follow the law. So it’s important to protect the privacy of our children while we continue to share the facts and the law. This child is with her family and ICWA supported that.”

Read more at http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2016/04/04/federal-agencies-launch-initiative-support-implementation-and-enforcement-icwa-164026?platform=hootsuite

To Veronica Brown

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.

SAVE THE DATE

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Why?

Sixties Scoop Hearing in Toronto at the Osgoode Hall Court House

Please check in for further information as to the precise location of the Courtroom, and details of community events to honour the first case in the western world about:

Cultural genocide
Who is responsible when Nations’ children lose their identity?

LINK

Three Books on Lost Birds

Customer Review

Thought-provoking and moving 11 October 2012
Two Worlds - Lost children of the Indian Adoption Projects

If you thought that ethnic cleansing was something for the history books, think again. This work tells the stories of Native American Indian adoptees "The Lost Birds" who continue to suffer the effects of successive US and Canadian government policies on adoption; policies that were in force as recently as the 1970's. Many of the contributors still bear the scars of their separation from their ancestral roots. What becomes apparent to the reader is the reality of a racial memory that lives in the DNA of adoptees and calls to them from the past.
The editors have let the contributors tell their own stories of their childhood and search for their blood relatives, allowing the reader to gain a true impression of their personalities. What becomes apparent is that nothing is straightforward; re-assimilation brings its own cultural and emotional problems. Not all of the stories are harrowing or sad; there are a number of heart-warming successes, and not all placements amongst white families had negative consequences. But with whom should the ultimate decision of adoption reside? Government authorities or the Indian people themselves? Read Two Worlds and decide for yourself.

ADOPTION TRUTH

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.

Hilary Tompkins, adoptee

New Documentary

Nice Mention!