Join in the conversation about the very real issues that face American Indians and why they exist. WLA will have a demi-plenary session on the subject of Deconstructed and Reconstructed Indigenous Identities and Families with these speakers::
Susan Devan Harness, a member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, was born on Montana’s Flathead Indian Reservation and became a transracial adoptee at the age of two. Her new memoir Bitteroot: A Memoir of Transracial Adoption explores the uneasy intersection of race, history, and the brutal government American Indian policies that affect the lives of families. She is also the author of Mixing Cultural Identities through Transracial Adoption: After the Indian Adoption Project (1958-1967).
Margaret D. Jacobs, Chancellor’s Professor of History at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, has for two decades studied Indigenous child removal. Her work on government policies from 1880-1940 led to her award-winning book White Mother to a Dark Race. More recently, she has looked at how authorities in the U.S., Australia, and Canada continued to remove Indigenous children after World War II through foster care and adoptive placements in non-Indigenous families—and how Indigenous women mobilized transnationally to reclaim the care of their children. With support from a Carnegie Fellowship, she is currently focusing on how to promote reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples.
Stephen Graham Jones, Ivena Baldwin Professor of English at the University of Colorado, is the author of too many award-winning novels and short stories to count, including Mongrels, Mapping the Interior, and Ledfeather. (Those awards include being listed as one of Bloody Disgusting’s Top Ten Horror Novels of the Year.) He grew up in West Texas; often visited the Blackfeet reservation in Montana with his father, a member of that nation; and experiments with horror, sci-fi, fantasy, slashers, werewolf stories, and other pop culture forms. He also is interested in how Native Americans and their families and communities might operate in such genres.
Rick Waters is Co-Executive Director of the Denver Indian Center and Lead Relationship Guidance Specialist. A member of the Kiowa and Cherokee tribes, he has worked as the Sr. Director with the American Indian College Fund, Assistant Director of Admissions at the University of Colorado-Boulder, and American Indian Home-School Liaison with the Dallas Independent School District. The Denver Indian Center is “an urban cultural gathering center for the American Indian/Alaska Native community of the Denver Metro area.”
Join me and over 70 other speakers who are experts or have lived experience in the issue of adoption through child placement. Adoption is not an “easy” answer to the questions that motivate thinking about it. It is complex and involves a lot of understanding and compassion for all the people in this constructed community. I’m very excited to be part of this and hope you’ll visit the website, mark the date on your calender and virtually “attend.” These conversations are important and poignant in our globalized world of child placement.
Anyone may attend the breakfast/authors conversations and are encourage.
This is a fundraiser for the scholarship fun. If you are interested in attending please contact
MARTHA DICICCO ([email protected])
to request information or purchase tickets.
The Mission of the AAUW is to advance equity for women and children through advocacy, philanthropy, education and research. The national organization awards of $3 million per year for fellowships and doctoral grants for women.
The Loveland branch awards graduate scholarships to local women to help them break through the educational barriers. Their goal is to raise enough funds to award four scholarships this year.
All proceeds from this even will benefit their scholarships fund.
I am so honored to announce that Bitterroot: A Salish Memoir of Transracial Adoption has been nominated for the High Plains Book Awards in three categories. Awards will be announced October 12, 2019 at the High Plains Book Awards banquet, Yellowstone Art Museum. Details to be added they become known.
Religious communities play a big role in child placement and adoption. Therefore, it is important to have a conversation in these communities that revolves around race, culture and colonization, and how to truly make adoption “in the best interests of the child.”
“Be the Bridge” to Racial Healing is a non-profit organization and a community of people who share a common goal of creating healthy dialogue about race and racialization in the U.S., with an emphasis on promoting understanding about racial disparities and injustices. The purpose of this forum is to create a safe and positive space for both learners and well-seasoned reconcilers. Our intent is to equip one another to become interracial bridge builders, or ambassadors of racial reconciliation, within our respective communities. The ultimate desire is for the church to become credible witnesses to true biblical oneness.