At last, truth and reconciliation for Maine's Indian Adoption Project legacies
Aug 07, 2012
from the article on ICTJ.org:
Friday, June 29, was both a "great day and a sad day" for the US state of Maine, in the words of its governor, Paul LePage.
It was a great day because Maine was taking an historic step to address the legacies of the 1950's and 60's Indian Adoption Project, a program which removed hundreds of Native American children from their families and tribes and placed them in the state-run foster care system.
It was a sad day because "we have to be in the first place," LePage said.
On June 29, the government of Maine joined chiefs from the state's five tribes to sign an agreement creating the Wabanaki-State Child Welfare Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC). The commission will examine the child welfare practices that acted to forcibly assimilate Indian children and seek to address the lasting impact of the practice on Maine’s communities.