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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In Other Words (Montana Public Radio)

Recently, I was interviewed for a radio program in Missoula, Montana regarding my research on American Indian transracial adoption. It originally aired on Montana Public Radio (MTPR.org) Tuesday, December 11th 2012, on the program In Other Words, which explores experiences through a feminist perspective. The interview looks at American Indian transracial adoption and its intersection […]

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The Land of Gazillion Adoptees

The Land of Gazillion Adoptees podcast conversation with Susan Harness

The Land of Gazillion Adoptees podcast conversation with Susan Harness, author of “Mixing Cultural Identities through Transracial Adoption: Outcomes of the Indian Adoption Project” We had this podcast conversation with Susan Harness right before LGA went on its little hiatus. So, yeah. It’s about a month old. However, it’s far from being dated. Take a […]

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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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Adoption: Mixing Identities

Interview with Tara Gatewood at NativeAmericaCalling.com Adoption is a part of the storyline of many Native families and individuals. As one Native author who experienced adoption first hand writes, there is power in identity. Many Native adoptees are adopted out of their culture and are raised in another. For some, the journey back home can […]

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