Blood Memory: A Story of Removal and Return Virtual Discussion

Blood Memory

Blood Memory: A Story of Removal and Return Virtual Discussion

Wednesday, Nov. 3
6-7:30 p.m.

Virtual Event

Presented by First Nations Repatriation Institute and Twin Cities PBS

Join us for a free online film screening and discussion on the documentary Blood Memory, which tells the story of coerced Native adoptions, the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA), and Native adoptees/fosterees and their families.

Blood Memory will be available online for free to all registered attendees from Oct. 29 through Nov. 3. Pre-registration to view the film and to participate in the online panel discussion is required. Registrants will receive a follow-up email with screening instructions and a link to the event.

Meet the Speakers
Moderator: Sandy White Hawk
Founder and director of the First Nations Repatriation Institute (FNRI). At 18 months, Sandy was removed from her Sicangu Lakota relatives and taken to live with a Christian missionary couple 400 miles away, where her skin color and cultural heritage were rejected. Blood Memory explores Sandy’s adoption and reconnection with her Lakota community and identity.

Panelist: Judge William Thorne
Former judge on the Utah Court of Appeals and state district court judge. Judge Thorne has also served as a tribal court judge in 10 states.

Panelist: Dr. Priscilla Day
Professor of Social Work at the University of Minnesota-Duluth.

Presented by First Nations Repatriation Institute and Twin Cities PBS
Special thanks to filmmaker and director Drew Nichols.

Please consider supporting the First Nations Repatriation Institute, the first organization of its kind whose goal it is to create a resource for First Nations people impacted by foster care or adoption to return home, reconnect, and reclaim their identity. The Institute also serves as a resource to enhance the knowledge and skills of practitioners who serve First Nations people.

This event is graciously sponsored by:

Hiway Credit Union | Minnesota Humanities Center | Minnesota Judicial Branch’s Second Judicial District Equal Justice Committee | Ramsey County Bar Foundation | Racism Unveiled

This event is part of the Racism Unveiled storytelling project with generous funding from the Otto Bremer Trust and additional support from HealthPartners and the Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundations.

Racism Unveiled is a multi-year, multi-platform, community-engaged and impact-driven initiative diving into the complex systems of inequality that directly affect the daily lives of Black, Indigenous and communities of color in Minnesota.

  • Otto Bremer Trust
  • Health Partners
  • Saint Paul and Minnesota Foundation

This work is funded in part by the Minnesota Humanities Center with money from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund that was created with the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008.

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