Screening of "Bloody Memory"

Through a presentation of the 2019 documentary feature "Blood Memory" attendees will receive an overview of how historical trauma has impacted adoption in Indian Country.  Viewers will receive information on the Adoption Era, the 1978 Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA), why it's important, and current efforts meant to dismantle the ICWA.  They will also hear from individuals with lived experience and witness examples of what is being done to bring healing to communities impacted by early childhood removal.  It is the hope of this workshop that other Nations will see the importance of addressing this issue in their communities.  A special invitation is extended to those who have been impacted by adoption and foster care, which includes birth mothers and other birth relatives.  Film synopsis: Battles over blood quantum and ‘best interests’ resurface the untold history of America’s Indian Adoption Era - a time when nearly one-third of children were removed from tribal communities nationwide.  As political scrutiny over Indian child welfare intensifies, an adoption survivor helps others find their way home through song and ceremony.