|KFAI's Indian Uprising for May 8th
Guests are Sandra White Hawk (Sicangu Lakota), Executive Director, First
Nations Orphan Association and colleagues. The mission of the
Association is to unite Native American (First Nation and Aboriginal)
adoptees, fostered individuals and their families with professionals,
other adoptees, community spiritual leaders and traditional elders.
As early as 1890, thousands of Indian children were forcibly removed
from their Indian homes. Between the years 1941 and 1978 it is
estimated that 35 percent of all Indian children were removed from
homes and placed in orphanages, white foster homes and adopted into
white families. "The time has come to heal the wound of this
assimilationŠ," said White Hawk.
An adoptee said, "I am 23 years old, adopted when I was six months.
These past years I felt as though I had no real identify.
don¹t like me because I am Indian. Mexicans don't like me
because I am
Indian. The worse thing, though, is that I don't fit in with the
Indians, either, because I was not raised in the culture and don't know
the ways of the tribe."
Another said, "Adoption causes such intense inner pain that you do
anything just to get away from it. No one understands you, you
different, and there's no one to talk to. You withdraw into
keep it all inside. That's how I got into trouble with alcohol.
was pain medicine."
Indian Uprising is
& Cultural Affairs radio program for, by, and about Indigenous
people & all their relations, broadcast each Sunday at 4:00 p.m.
over KFAI 90.3 FM Minneapolis and
106.7 FM St. Paul. Current
are archived online after broadcast at www.kfai.org,
Archives and scroll to Indian Uprising to hear them.
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