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Sunday, May 9, 2010

A bit about me...

Photo Caption: Adoptees Mary Engel and Trace A DeMeyer in Wisconsin in the 1980s.

Award-winning Shawnee-Cherokee author Trace A. DeMeyer self-published her memoir, One Small Sacrifice: Lost Children of the Indian Adoption Projects, which includes opening her adoption and little-known history and details on the Indian Adoption Project resulting in the Indian Child Welfare Act. Trace is former editor of the Pequot Times in Connecticut and editor/co-founder of Ojibwe Akiing; she was news reporter and photographer at the national Native newspaper News From Indian Country in Wisconsin (1996-1999).

Her academic writing, “Power, Politics and the Pequot: The world’s Richest Indians” was presented in Munich at the 26th American Indian Workshop. She is also the author of “Honor Restored: The Story of Jim Thorpe” in the book “The Olympics at the Millennium: Power, Politics and the Games 2000, published by Rutgers Press.

Her writing, interviews and poetry has been published in newspapers and journals in the USA, Canada and Europe. Trace, a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Superior, has received numerous news and feature writing awards. Among the many she’s interviewed, her favorites include American Indian Movement’s John Trudell, imprisoned Lakota warrior Leonard Peltier and late movie legend Floyd Red Crow Westerman from Dances with Wolves.




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Gift from Trace A. DeMeyer, February 2004

Ownership and Literary Rights

The Trace A. DeMeyer Collection is the physical property of the American Native Press Archives of the Sequoyah National Research Center, University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Literary rights, including copyrights, belong to the author or her legal heirs and assigns. For further information, consult the appropriate curator.

Restrictions on Access

The Trace A. DeMeyer Collection is open for research.

Citation Format

Trace A. DeMeyer Collection. American Native Press Archives of the Sequoyah National Research Center.


Trace A. DeMeyer is a website designer and author who identifies as an adoptee with Native American ancestry. She has written extensively on the subject of adoption. She has worked as a journalist, contributing to a wide range of Native American journals and newspapers and has served as editor of the Pequot Times.


The Trace A. DeMeyer Collection contains correspondence, typescript, and printed matter related to DeMeyer's work with the Pequot Times. Materials cover the period 2000-2004.

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1 1. Correspondence, 2003-2004

2. Curriculum Vitae--Trace A. DeMeyer

3. Personal Essays--Trace A. DeMeyer

4. Campaign materials designed for Karen Hatcher--Trace A. DeMeyer, November 2002

5. NAJA Presentation--First Contact, June 16 2000

6. "Indictments come in Anna Mae's murder"--Typescript--2003

7. Editorial--November 2002

8. [Historic Eastern Pequot Nation]--Pequot Times, March 2003-- Typescript

9. Center for Creative Leadership," Foxwoods Spirit, March 2003-- Typescript

10. Interview with Marcia Jones Flowers and James Chuna (Eastern Pequot Tribal Nation)--Typescript--November 13, 2002

11. Interview with Marcia Jones Flowers and James Chuna (Eastern Pequot Tribal Nation)--Type script Working Draft--November 13 2002

12. Interview with Marcia Jones Flowers and James Chuna (Eastern Pequot Tribal Nation)--Draft edited for publication--Typescript-- November 13, 2002

13. "Adopted Indians Want to Fill Void," Wisconsin State Journal, May 18 2003--Typescript

14. Interview with Penny Gamble Williams (Chappaquiddick)-- Typescript--June 6, 2003

15. "Historic Reconnection held in Bermuda," Pequot Times,--Typescript

--August 2003

16. Interview with Penny Gamble Williams (Chappaquiddick)--DeMeyer's typescript draft before Williams' revisions--June 6, 2003

17. Interview with Penny Gamble Williams (Chappaquiddick)--Part II-- Typescript--June 6 2003

18. Interview with Penny Gamble Williams (Chappaquiddick)--Part I-- Typescript--June 6 2003

19. Interview with Penny Gamble Williams (Chappaquiddick)--Part II-- June 6 2003

20. Editorial--Trace A. DeMeyer--Typescript--September 2003

21. Young women crowned Miss Eastern Pequot"--Typescript--September 2003

22. "More Milestones for Native Americans"--Typescript--2003

23. "Tlingit legend Kusah Hakwaan takes Jury award in New Haven Film Fest."--Pequot Times--Typescript

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