Show: The Imprint Weekly

A Child of the Indian Race: A Conversation with Sandy White Hawk

Part One: “Here’s Your Mother…She’s Been Waiting for You”

On this week’s podcast, we begin a two-part interview between Imprint reporter Nancy Marie Spears and Sandy White Hawk, author of the recently released memoir A Child of the Indian Race: A Story of Return. White Hawk recounts her own adoption story, which began in 1955, decades before the Indian Child Welfare Act was passed to protect Indigenous families from being separated.

This conversation comes just months after the Supreme Court heard arguments in a case called Brackeen v. Haaland, in which several non-Indigenous families and the State of Texas have claimed that ICWA is unconstitutional. A decision in the case is expected to be delivered this summer.

Guest Interview Details

Sandy White Hawk is a Sicangu Lakota adoptee from the Rosebud Reservation, South Dakota. She is the founder and director of First Nations Repatriation Institute

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An Indigenous Adoptee Reclaims Her Culture First-of-its-kind Survey Examines Trauma and Healing Among Indigenous Survivors of Family Separation How a Chippewa Grandmother’s Adoption Fight Ended Up in the U.S. Supreme Court The Imprint’s Coverage of Brackeen v. Haaland
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