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Q: Could you explain what you mean by the title phrase of your book, “our history is the future”? I look at the Ghost Dance prophecy, which was an anticolonial uprising among particularly Lakota and Dakota people on the northern Plains in the late 19th century, but also a widespread spiritual movement that went up […]

The Indian Child Welfare Act: What Is It?

The 1970’s was a time that saw great reform in federal Indian policy, initiated by the Nixon administration’s commitment to affirm tribal self-determination. After the passage of the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act of 1975, Congress passed numerous laws designed to counteract decades and centuries of policies that had devastating effects on Native American […]

Part One: Interview with Anishinabe Scholar Elder Carol A. Hand

By Lara Trace Hentz Hi everyone. The following interview with Anishinabe/Ojibwe Elder Carol A. Hand (Voices from the Margins blog) (Professor in Social Work and Sociology, Author, Guest Lecturer) will run over the next few weeks on this blog. Carol and I have roots in Wisconsin. I’ve been admiring her work and scholarship for quite […]

American warfare: Missionaries and Militia

By Trace Lara Hentz American Indians know warfare. The hair stands up on the back of the neck at the mere mention of several deliberate massacres called Indian Wars in North America.  It’s estimated 95% of the American Indian population was killed by war and disease since first contact. Every Indian has heard the words: […]

Christian Alliance works to end federal law ICWA

CAICW Issues Statement on South Carolina Supreme Court Decision: Court Rules in Adoptive Couple vs. Baby Girl; Clears Way to Finalize Adoption Contact: Elizabeth Morris, Chairwoman, Christian Alliance for Indian Child Welfare, 701-430-9210, administrator@caicw.org WASHINGTON, June 18, 2013 /Christian Newswire/ — Today, the South Carolina Supreme Court gave Matt & Melanie Capobianco a victory in Adoptive Couple v. […]

South Dakota tribes to reinvent foster care

As fears mount over state misconduct, tribes focus on creating their own foster care systems Daniel Simmons-Ritchie (RAPID CITY JOURNAL) Following mounting anger over charges that the state has routinely and illegally placed Native American children with non-native foster parents, South Dakota tribes gathered Monday in Rapid City to discuss how they could form their […]

Adopters, you do not own us

By Trace A. DeMeyer (reblogging from AMERICAN INDIAN ADOPTEES) OK, bear with me… I am thinking:  The Supreme Court ruling has me dumbfounded. I am not a lawyer but the Baby Veronica case is now headed back to the South Carolina courts who already ruled in favor of Dusten Brown, the natural father of baby Veronica. It’s […]

Kill the Indian: Why ICWA still matters

“A nation that does not know its own history has no future,” is a quote I read recently by the late activist Russell Means, Oglala Lakota.   By Trace A. DeMeyer Being an adoptee myself, someone who ran into major obstacles trying to open my adoption files, it’s very important that Native American adoptees (and […]

We are still here

I wrote the following preface for my anthology TWO WORLDS: Lost Children of the Indian Adoption Projects: EXCERPT: All of our lives the adoptees in this book have lived under an “adoptee stigma” of assimilation. We are often called transracial adoptees because we were raised outside our culture and by non-Indian parents. With a book, […]

Books to give and receive #Ebook

HAPPY HOLIDAZE! How are you all doing – it’s December already!!?!? I am more likely to have a book on my mind than clothes, food or gifts. Maybe you are like me? I have at least 1,000 books in my personal library!  Now I have written two books (on Amazon and Barnes and Noble) that are non-fiction […]

The Real Criminals: Adoption Mafia

Please read this post THE REAL CRIMINALS on my other blog: http://splitfeathers.blogspot.com/ Jay Winter Nightwolf’s “American Indians’ Truths … the Most Dangerous and Enlightening Show on Radio” WPFW 89.3 FM (Pacifica) – Friday Evenings – 7-8 PM Online Live Stream … http://www.wpfw.org Friday, November 30th, 2012 “Two Worlds: Lost Children of the Indian Adoption Projects […]


We’re in the giving spirit and want some of our blog readers to review the new anthology TWO WORLDS! If you will read my new anthology and post your review (a few sentences) on Amazon.com or Barnes and Noble, we’ll send you the epub or pdf for FREE! Here’s what you do: send an email […]