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  •  We have two U.S. examples (8+ / 0-)

    Of the Truth & Reconciliation (TRC) process.

    The first was the Greensboro TRC, to address racial injustice and healing, which presented its final report in 2006.

    The second was just convened in February here in Maine. The Maine Wabanaki-State Child Welfare Truth & Reconciliation Commission will spend several years listening to stories of children being removed from homes and tribes to be placed in boarding schools and in white foster homes. These practices, designed for the expressed purpose of "dealing with the 'Indian problem' through assimilation" (one school founder's mission was to "kill the Indian and save the man"), were begun in the 1800s and still continue to impact tribes  today, despite passage of the Indian Child Welfare Act.

    This Commission is a joint effort of the State of Maine, the Aroostook Band of Micmacs, the Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians, the Passamaquoddy Tribe (2 locations) and the Penobscot Indian Nation. Its work is already unprecedented, as the first TRC to be used by tribal nations, and as the first to be the result of collaboration between a state and tribal nations.

    I send blessings to the Commission and all those who will share their stories and await their findings, with a sense of grief that it is necessary and gratitude that it's happening.

    "Diversity is, in action, the sometimes painful awareness that other people, other races, other voices, other habits of mind have as much integrity of being, as much claim on the world as you do." William Chase

    by Maine Islander on Sun Apr 21, 2013 at 10:45:16 AM PDT

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