U.S. Supreme Court is considering whether ICWA is unconstitutional. Why should you care?

In 2019, I was interviewed by Huffpost as part of an article that explores the question Who Should Be Allowed to Adopt American Indian Children? Great question as conservatives and religious communities attempt to remove the Indian Child Welfare Act from Legislation. Read the article; watch the mini–documentary, by journalists Jennifer Bendery,Isaac Himmelman, and Lena […]

Continue Reading

Most Popular Question – Why did you write Bitterroot?

Book ideas don’t materialize out of nothing.  Built on foundations of experience, or rooted in something larger than a single story, ideas begin as ethereal and boundless shapes.  Over time they take form, eventually becoming distinct and real.  Bitterroot: A Salish Memoir of Transracial Adoption is such a book.  Although shaping the story has its […]

Continue Reading

Essay published in High Country News – Adoption Didn’t Solve the “Indian Problem”

During the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s, American Indian children were placed with white families at a phenomenal rate.  By 1974, approximately 30% American Indian children were removed from their American Indian families and placed with non-Indian families.  Neglect was cited most often, a vague term that was responsible for changing the lives of Indian children, […]

Continue Reading