The Right to Remain Connected and Indigenous

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Explore the Indian Child Welfare Act and the story of tribal children’s mass removals from their families and communities.

*this is a virtual only event*

Sheri Freemont will offer history and contemporary impacts of assimilation and federal policies that have impacted tribal children for generations in the United States and abroad. This talk will allow for attendees to reflect on the book selections and their personal stories as related to extensive and lasting policies. Impacts of loss of culture and harm to identity are a continuing challenge for native people and this discussion will help attendees better understand the complex challenged of assimilation and colonization.

Sheri Freemont is an indigenous lawyer (Turtle Mountain Chippewa and Omaha), currently working with Casey Family Programs, a national foundation aiming to reduce the need for foster care. Sheri identifies through her relationships as a mother, daughter, sister, granddaughter, auntie and partner. She was raised bi-culturally and uses her experiences and education to focus on how values and systemic racism impact child welfare practice. She was born and raised in Portland, Oregon and now resides in Denver, Colorado with her husband and children.

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