ESD’s Equity Alliance for Achievement to host ‘Dawnland’ viewing Nov. 25

The Edmonds School District’s Equity Alliance for Achievement (EAACH) is inviting students, family, staff and community members to attend its November meeting to view a 54-minute version of the movie Dawnland and then have a discussion. The meeting is Monday, Nov. 25 from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Dawnland is the untold story of Indigenous child removal in the U.S. through the nation’s first-ever government-endorsed truth and reconciliation commission, which investigated the devastating impact of Maine’s child welfare practices on the Wabanaki people.

There will be free dinner and child care will be available for students 3 years and older.

The meeting will be at the Educational Service Center, in Boardrooms A&B, located at 20420 68th Ave. W., in Lynnwood.

Families who need interpretation must register three days in advance to schedule interpreters for events.

3 Replies to “ESD’s Equity Alliance for Achievement to host ‘Dawnland’ viewing Nov. 25”

  1. I watched a couple of the Dawnland trailers, and I think they might be a bit sensational. I’m from Maine and knew some Penobscot people. The movie mentions “genocide” several times because native children where frequently put into the care of white families by CPS. Child Protective Services has a sordid history on all races. I’m white and poor, and CPS twice tried to take child-members of my extended family and make them wards of the state. It wasn’t genocide against Irish. Maybe I’m not the best stock. I’m the last to defend CPS, knowing they make a lot of mistakes and are heavy-handed and generally unaccountable, but they are a net good. The film equates social workers to DHS agents, who are equated to nazi’s. WTF is happening to liberals?

    Native American communities are -very- over-represented in child abuse rates.
    A theory is that the more a society is isolated, the more pervasive abuse can be without people intervening.

    Genocide is mentioned many times in the screening:
    ^ 10:00 in, even a softball reviewer points out that people who adopted the children weren’t interviewed for the documentary.
    ^ 18:00 in, the producer says they intentionally left out non-Native people from the interview process. That’s not objective.

    It doesn’t seem like their ideas are critically evaluated.

    Hypergamy is a better word than genocide. Native American women very often married white men. The two words are absolutely opposite, and one actually happened and the latter didn’t. Prof Steven Pinker, Harvard, points out that intermarriage actually increased the genetic expression of Native Americans in the Americas, by orders of magnitude, even if the deaths by smallpox are taken into account.


  2. This is a good watch on Native American Boarding schools:

    The federal policy was to give every child an education. Prior to colonization, Native Americans didn’t read or write, didn’t ride horses, didn’t have wheels. Access to firearms transformed Native American culture far beyond teaching them English ever did. Denying natives an education, even from a retrospective context, is worse than forcing children to have an education. There’s a lot of debate to be had as to what is (was) the correct middle ground. From a contemporary perspective, is it genocide to force a Native American child to get the MMR shot (just like white children are forced to get)?

    Natives Americans are the victims of multi-culturalism, even to the extent that well-intentioned in-roads (in this case education) are spun as being an Ethnic Cleansing or Genocide. Hitler never fed, educated, or clothed Jewish kids. The Young Turks (yes the namesake of TYT network) actually committed an Armenian and Kurdish Genocide. There aren’t any parallels that can be drawn between what happened to these people.

    The left doesn’t like Nationalism, except for tribes that might choose to deny children an education or access to modern medicine. They don’t like walls, other than maybe a wall that could be erected to sequester a native tribe. Sovereign Citizens (people claiming to be exempt from government compulsory government contracts) are tacitly categorized as a domestic terrorist ideology, but if the same ideology is held by a Native American – it’s a virtue?

    I’m the last to make apologies for compulsory boarding schools. Home Schooling is a right. However, it’s the genocide and ethnic cleaning arguments that are way out of bounds, to the extent that even Native Americans should be told that it is out of bounds.


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