MPR: “White Earth Nation welcomes adoptees home”

My friend and fellow TRA Sandy Whitehawk was featured on MPR this morning. I was pleased with the reporting on this piece. You can hear the report here.

by Dan Gunderson, Minnesota Public Radio
October 5, 2007
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Sandy Whitehawk spent years trying to reconnect with her American Indian culture after being adopted by a non-Indian family. (Photo courtesy of Sandy Whitehawk)

This weekend the White Earth Nation is celebrating the return of children lost for years. Hundreds of American Indian children were taken from Minnesota reservations and adopted by non-Indian families in the 1950s and 60s. The White Earth Aniishinabe are the first tribe in the country to formally welcome the adoptees home.

Author: JaeRan

Assistant professor at UW Tacoma, writer, and researcher.

2 thoughts

  1. It is truly heartbreaking that babies were taken from their mothers. I believe that Native American women were still being sterilized without their knowledge or consent well into the 1970’s.

  2. Spiritual Advisor and Dakotah Elder Chris Leith, from Prairie Island reservation, recently attended a conference in DC about First Nation adoptees.
    I was thrilled when he announced that this practice was put to a stop a few years ago, thanks to the banding together of the community.
    I admire this wise man very much for the efforts he has put toward accomplishing this… And also for adoption his two grandsons. The accomplishment of First Nations people should be an example to all of the transracial/international adoptee communities.

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