Dawnland: Movie Screening & Discussion - Dr. Mishy Lesser
For most of the 20th century, government agents systematically forced Native American children from their homes and placed them with white families. As recently as the 1970’s, one in four Native children nationwide were living in non-Native foster care, adoptive homes, or boarding schools. Many children experienced devastating emotional and physical harm by adults who mistreated them and tried to erase their cultural identity. Now, for the first time, they are being asked to share their stories. In Maine, a historic investigation—the first government-sanctioned truth and reconciliation commission (TRC) in the United States—begins a bold journey. With exclusive access to this groundbreaking process and never-before-seen footage, the film reveals the untold narrative of Indigenous child removal in the United States.
Mishy Lesser, Ed.D., is the leading director for the Upstander Project and Education Fellow at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center at the University of Connecticut. Lesser is a circle keeper and has been featured on WBUR(Boston) and PRI/BBC’s The World. Lunch will be served.