This panel discussion followed a screening of the feature-length documentary Dawnland.
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. Dawnland chronicles the first official truth and reconciliation commission in the United States for Native Americans and explores the possibilities of healing and reconciliation.
This event was cosponsored by the Harvard University Native American Program and the Program on Negotiation at the Harvard Law School.
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
Moderated by 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
Introduced by Shelly Lowe, executive director, Harvard University Native American Program