Indian Summer

Autumn is my favorite season.  The chill in the air has once more arrived, almost without notice, taking me by surprise, as if I thought the dog days of August and early September would go on forever.  But I have to admit, the surprise is a pleasant one; I can wear my sweaters, make butternut […]

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Colonization and Adoption – A History

This first appeared in Gazillion Voices, November 2014, Issue 16 Recently, after giving a presentation on American Indian Transracial adoption, I was asked a question.   “Where do you think you’d be now if you hadn’t been adopted?” Without pausing, the man who asked the question answered for me.  “I bet you wouldn’t be giving presentations […]

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Being Indian – A Memory

THE AMERICAN WEST is stunningly beautiful.  Its images, quilted together, form a landscape that can be brought to mind with the aroma of pine that stings my nostrils, the feel of soil between my fingers, the sound of a waterfall or the taste of chokecherry jelly that Mom used to make in August.  To me, everything […]

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Adoption Researchers, Take Note…

My response to Daniel Ibn Zayd’s  (of Transracialeyes.com blog fame) query regarding recruitment advertising for transracial adoption research.     As a researcher who has studied “us”, I would like to weigh in.  I, as an American Indian transracial adoptee, wanted to study us because no one was talking about our experiences.  As transracial adoptees we […]

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The Challenges of Reunion…

A friend of mine asked if I would ever be interested in helping adoptees search for their birth-families, or assist in some way an adoptee’s return home.  Or perhaps I could work with them to understand the difficulties and challenges that lie ahead for them once they make that decision.  However, how do you tell […]

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The Importance of our Experiences

As a researcher, lecturer and writer I’ve been involved in the various ways we, as a society, communicate the experiences of American Indian transracial adoption.  For the past several years I’ve participated in formal discussions, panels and presentations.  Informally, I’ve communicated this experience all my adult life; I am one of those adoptees. Adoption in […]

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