Dawnland Screening and Panel Discussion

Ben Pender-Cudlip/Upstander ProjectBen Pender-Cudlip/Upstander Project

For much of the 20th century, child welfare authorities removed Native American children from their tribal homes, devastating parents and denying children their traditions, culture, and identity. The feature-length documentary Dawnland chronicles the first official truth and reconciliation commission in the United States for Native Americans and explores the possibilities of healing and reconciliation. A panel conversation and a Q&A session follow the screening.

This event is co-sponsored by the Harvard University Native American Program and the Program on Negotiation at the Harvard Law School. 

Free and open to the public. 


  • Esther Anne, codirector, Maine-Wabanaki REACH

  • Adam Mazo, codirector, Dawnland, and director, Upstander Project

  • Ronald Niezen, 2018–2019 William Lyon Mackenzie King Visiting Professor of Canadian Studies, Canada Program, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University; Katharine A. Pearson Chair in Civil Society and Public Policy, Faculties of Law and Arts, and professor, Department of Anthropology, McGill University

  • Moderator: Robert T. Anderson, 2018–2019 Oneida Indian Nation Visiting Professor of Law, Harvard Law School; director of the Native American Law Center and professor, University of Washington School of Law