Restoring First Nations People to Their Homelands©

Upcoming Events

Seeking Participants for a Research Study

We would like to invite you to participate in a research study on First Nations/American Indian/Alaska Native mothers whose child/children were placed in foster care and/or for adoption. 
The aim of this study is to learn about the experiences of grief, loss, and mental health of First Nations/American Indian/Alaska Native mothers who lost a child to foster care or adoption. We are interested in hearing your story. 
We are seeking First Nations/American Indian mothers to interview.

You may be eligible to participate if you meet the following criteria:
  1.  You identify as First Nations, American Indian, Native American, Alaska Native, or Indigenous.
  2.  Had your child/children placed in foster care and/or for adoption.
  3. You are at least 18 years old
  4. You are English speaking
  5. You consent to be audio recorded. 
The interview will be held at a time and place convenient to you. It will last 1.5 to 2 hours. 
If you are interested in participating, please email Ashley Landers ( or call at 703-538-3796 if you would like to receive additional information.  
Ashley Landers (Principal Investigator)
Assistant Professor, Virginia Tech
Sandy White Hawk (Co-Investigator)
Director, First Nations Repatriation Institute

For more information, please click on and reference: Recruitment Pamphlet. 

Gathering for Our Children and Returning
 Adoptees Pow Wow 

November 3rd, 2018

1530 East Franklin Ave. Minneapolis, MN 55404.
Please visit for more directions. 

Greetings everyone!
  • It's that time of year again when we call out for our relatives who are making their way back to the circle. We also encourage birth mothers/fathers and relatives to be part of this celebration of life and healing.
  • Dancers! Please come dance and welcome our relatives back to our circle. Dance for those who can’t.
  • Adoptees/formerly fostered individuals, birth relatives, foster parents, foster youth, adoptive parents and your children - this pow wow is for you............come and celebrate and let us celebrate with you!
Tentative Schedule: 
( for directions to pow wow)

Emcee: Jerry Dearly

Arena Directors: Kirk Crow Shoe and Barry Hand

Host Drum: Oyate Teca 

Color Guard: TBA

1:00 p.m. Grand Entry

5:30 p.m. Feast

7:00 p.m Grand Entry


1) 10:00 am - 1:00 pm:
Adoptees/formerly fostered individuals and birth relatives are invited to gather in the auditorium on the 2nd floor of the Indian Center for a meet and visit with other adoptees.

1:00 p.m. Grand Entry

2) 3:00 pm:
Wablenica Ceremony. The Wablenica Song (Orphan Song) will be sung for those returning adoptees and fostered individuals and their families. A ceremony will be offered to heal the grief caused by separation from family and heritage.

5:30 p.m. FEAST

3) 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm:

7:00 p.m. Grand Entry

4) 8:00 pm:
Honor song for foster and adoptive parents.

Vendors contact Tina Knafla: 612-348-9662

Free and open to the public
This pow wow is a celebration our community’s strengths. As we continue to gather and acknowledge the strengths of our families, we heal from the intergenerational trauma within our extended family systems. As our families and communities heal we are better able to adopt and foster our Native children.

Sponsored by:
Hennepin County, First Nations Repatriation Institute, Bois Forte Urban Office, Department of Human Services

Sandra White Hawk, First Nations Repatriation Institute, 651-442-4872,
Tina Knafla, Hennepin Co. Children’s’ Mental Health, 612-348-9662,
Jacque Wilson, Bois Forte Urban Office, 612-747-5247,

Dancers! Please come dance and welcome our relatives back to our circle.

Not responsible for lost/stolen items. 
This is an alcohol/drug free event

Additional information can be found here:


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