Today I speak with gkisedtanamoogk, one of the five commissioners of the Maine Wabanaki State Child Welfare Truth and Reconciliation Commission. He shares his reflections on the process now that the findings have been published, and we also speak about the gap between native peoples’ views and those of mainstream America related to politics, spirituality, and community.
An interview with former tribal state representative Donna Loring, who is also a former police chief, an author, and a radio host. We talk about the history of relations between the Maine government and the Wabanaki tribes, and the frustrations which led to the historic walkout of several tribal representatives earlier this year. We revisit the Maine Wabanaki State Child Welfare Truth and Reconciliation Commission, who have now released the findings of their multi-year statement gathering process, and discuss their conclusions within the context of ongoing state-tribe relations.
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.