• Indian Children and the Federal-Tribal Trust Relationship

    Author(s):
    Matthew Fletcher, Wenona Singel
    Date:
    2017
    Group(s):
    MSU Law Faculty Repository
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    Article
    Permanent URL:
    https://doi.org/10.17613/kvg6-wr59
    Abstract:
    The first photo above is of Professor Wenona Singel's sister, Christina, and her son. In the last picture, you can see Professor Singel and Fletcher's two young sons. In Wenona and Christina's family, their children are the first generation to not experience the loss of adoption or Indian boarding schools. Both their lives and their mother's life have been irreparably changed by people who worked in the 1950s and 1970s to encourage the adoption of Indian children because they believed that Indian children would be better off in the long run in white, middle-class homes. Their mother and her sister, the middle picture, were taken by Catholic Social Services in Detroit in the early 1950s and placed with their adoptive parents in an adoption in 1958, without any written documentation whatsoever. When their mother and her sister were brought to their adoptive parents' home, no one was home, so the two young girls were left at a neighbor's house to await the arrival of their new parents. In the middle photo, you can see their mother and her sister in a picture taken after the adoption.
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