We end this season by revisiting the topic of the Maine Wabanaki State Child Welfare Truth and Reconciliation Commission. I speak with former DHHS worker Shawn Yardley about why children are removed from native families at disproportionate rates, and what it’s been like for him, as a white man, to raise three girls with native heritage.
I conclude my conversation with TRC commissioner Sandy White Hawk about how centuries of removing native children from their families has created a pattern of trauma and corresponding struggle that has made ongoing removal of children more likely. She talks about alternative approaches that support families in difficulty and expresses her hopes for the TRC in Maine.
In part five of our series on the Maine Wabanaki TRC, I talk with one of the commissioners, Sandy White Hawk. Sandy talks about intergenerational trauma and helping white people better grasp what it means to lose your culture.
In part four of our series on the TRC, I talk with one of the commissioners, Sandy White Hawk. Sandy talks about being taken for adoption by a white missionary family who believed they were saving her from the poverty of the reservation. She describes the power of being reunited with her tribe at 35, and the deep feeling of belonging and safety she felt as she finally reclaimed her identity.
Today’s show is part three of my conversation with members of Maine Wabanaki REACH. I speak with Esther Attean and Stephanie Bailey about the experience of giving statements to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, their hopes about what may come of it, and the anxiety of making painful stories public.