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Before the Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978, many Native children were adopted by non-Natives and a large portion of those adoptees lost their cultural ties to their tribes. Sandy White Hawk is an adoptee who found her way back to her family on the Rosebud reservation. She has now organized the first Welcome Home Gathering for the tribe, which is scheduled to take place on August 29, 2015. This gathering is only the second time that a tribe will welcome its adoptees home. The first was White Earth Anishnaabe in Minnesota. What does it take to organize an event like this? How could it help heal individuals and tribes heal wounds from the past?
Sandy White Hawk (Sicangu Lakota) – director of the First Nations Repatriation Institute and organizer of the Welcoming Home Gathering
Marlies White Hat – co-organizer of the Welcome Home Gathering at Rosebud, South Dakota
Conrad Eagle Feather (Sicangu Lakota) – student, Sinte Gleska University
Also mentioned on the show today:
Adoption Triad Support Group in Santa Fe
Break Music: On The Road Missing Home (Corn Dance) (song) Sheldon Sundown (artist) Hand Drum/Smoke N’ Round Dance (album)