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In the United States during the 1970’s, congressional hearings were being held that were designed to address the concern that Native American children were being utilized to weaken tribal heritage and culture through forceful assimilation of children into non-Indian families as a way to “save the Indian” by removing them from their communities and giving them “white” attitudes and erasing a once powerful and beautiful culture.
The 1970’s United States congressional hearings revealed terrible exploitations and atrocities, indicating a national pattern of removal of children from their Indian homes that resulted in damage of Indian families and had a devastating impact on tribes and communities, but also left enduring and inconsolable damage to countless First Americans of this great country. What has happened to the stolen children? What can we do to help? How do we find them and bring them home? Copyright 2013, Mitch Battese