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Tuesday, December 1, 2015

1676 and Beyond

A treaty in New England

By Trace Hentz (adoptee and author of One Small Sacrifice)

What has changed?

What hasn't changed?

In the last 400+ years, everything changed.

Indigenous First Nations People (500+ Tribes) went from self-governing sovereign nations, each with their own hereditary chiefs and vast hunting territories which provided them a sense of freedom few of us will ever realize.

Today most reservations are Third World concentration camps. (There are exceptions with some successful tribes who have chosen unique economic methods like gaming and enterprise to uplift and financially support their communities.)

What happened 400+ years ago? Why is this important?  The governments who operated as conquerors wrote numerous treaties and made promises they never intended to keep. Those written promises were not worth the paper they were written on. Those governments led by a Great White Father were not honorable. They were thieves.

Taking children was part of that.

Taking children was traumatizing to entire tribes.

Taking away a future generation left little hope. It ultimately meant the end of entire communities of First Nations people who had no control over what was happening in their own traditional territory.

What most adoptees know is something happened and we had no control over it. But as adults we can take back our control and move forward. We need to find the truth and our names to do that.

We can go home. And we should make every effort to do so.

A few weeks ago, I attended this talk 1676 and Beyond here in Massachusetts. I learned so much about the area where I live now. I live in Pocumtuck Territory. I live near a massacre site called Great Falls. I pray every day for those murdered people and the aftermath and genocide of the Pocumtuck and other tribes in this vicinity.

Everything changed here in 1676.

rendering of Pocumtuckland in 1550

Another History LESSON on Pilgrims & The Origins of Thanksgiving

Please watch this talk. It's important.

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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.

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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.

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