Native American Transracial Adoptees Tell Their Stories
This study focuses on the lives of Native American transracial adoptees and their struggle to establish a healthy sense of cultural identity, while being raised in non-Native homes. The twenty participants in this study focus on what methods their adoptive parents used or, in some cases, did not use to help them establish their own sense of cultural identity. In the end, most participants agreed that adoptive parents can help their adoptive child establish a healthy sense of cultural identity by nurturing a connection between their child and their child's tribal community.
- Hardback | 380 pages
- 149.86 x 231.14 x 25.4mm | 725.74g
- 28 Mar 2008
- Lexington Books
- Lanham, MD, United States
Table of contents
Part 1 Part I: History and Analysis of Native American Adoptees into White and Black Families Part 2 Part II: Native American Adoptees Describe Their Experiences: Introduction Part 3 Part III: Interviews Chapter 4 1 Diane Ames Chapter 5 2 Andrea Chapter 6 3 Leslee Caballero Chapter 7 4 Veronica Rose Dahmen Chapter 8 5 Denise Engstrom Chapter 9 6 Joyce Gonzalez Chapter 10 7 Shana Greenberg Chapter 11 8 Rosalind Hussong Chapter 12 9 Jordan Kennedy Chapter 13 10 RoSean Kent Chapter 14 11 Star Nayea Chapter 15 12 Tamara Watchman Chapter 16 13 Jean Wells Chapter 17 14 Paul DeMain Chapter 18 15 David Houghton Chapter 19 16 Dennis Jones Chapter 20 17 Paul LaRoche Chapter 21 18 Nicholas Leech-Crier Chapter 22 19 Jonathan Old Horse Chapter 23 20 Ted Smith Part 24 Part IV: Summary and Concluding Comments
Transcribed interviews allow the adoptees to powerfully and poignantly express the impact of their experiences, thus challenging readers to make their own meaning...The book is important because it tackles an ignored subject...Recommended. Two-star review. CHOICE, March 2009 Not since David Fanshel's Far from the Reservation has a study so thoroughly examined the effects of transracial adoption on Native American people. This study fills an important gap in the history of the transracial adoption of Native American children. It portrays, in wonderful detail, the struggles of twenty Native Americans between the ages of twenty-five and fifty-nine who were transracially adopted as children into non-Native American families (sixteen into white families). It illustrates the 'highs' and 'lows' of their experiences and concludes by candidly addressing the ambivalence felt by these individuals to transracial adoption. -- Howard Altstein, School of Social Work, University of Maryland
About Rita J. Simon
Rita James Simon is a professor at the School of Public Affairs at American University. Sarah Hernandez is a scholarship coordinator for the American Indian College Fund.