lost family

 Washte anpo everyone

   I have something that I would ask of all

  out there on turtle Island and maybe I can

  get some answers that have brothered me for   years,

   Several years ago I found out that I was

  adopted off the Standing Rock Reservation

  in North Dakota,I was raisd with a white

  family and it wasn’t untill I was married

  and went to get a copy of my birth record

  that I was told that I was adopted.

   Over the years my wife and I have been

  able to find out that I have 3 brothers an

  a sister but I have no idea where they are

  and I also have found out that my mother was

  Northern Cheyenne and my father was Sioux

  from Standing Rock,I was told that I was

  adopted when I was 8yrs old.

    I do not understand how they can just

  take families apart isn’t there anyway a person

  can find out the truth and get back my

  cuture and what’s left of my family back???


1 Comment

  1. Lost Bird is the term used to describe native children who were lost to their families through either adoption into non-Native homes or through fostered care. Everyone has the right to know where they came from and what kind of people they come from. Native adoptees around the world need to be found and brought home. Here is a link to a special book about the first Lost Bird. If you would like to find out more about it, please click on the underlined text to go directly to our Barnes and Nobles Affliate link.


    Here is a link to a list of Lost Bird resources I have put together on the Open Directory project. There are many more resources than these available offline–the majority of Native American tribes, organizations and programs do not have websites. One excellent organization I know of is the Lost Bird Society, a Lakota center dedicated to reuniting native families that have been broken: their address is Lost Bird Society, P.O. Box 952, Pine Ridge, South Dakota 57770. If they cannot help you, they may at least be able to send you in a useful direction. Please do NOT bother these organizations and support groups with questions about your Indian great, great grandmother named Mary–these are resources specifically aimed at native children who were removed from their tribe during their own lifetime. If you are interested in the genealogy of your more distant Native American or Metis ancestors, please see our Native American Heritage section below.

    I hope this may help you.

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