Tribal histories contain too many stories of separation. Native families have been torn apart by warfare, forced removal, boarding schools, and adoption. The trauma caused by such separation can last for generations. Tribal nations are now using education systems designed to fracture and dispossess to heal, strengthen families, and revitalize culture.
In this lecture, Cobb-Greetham provides an overview of the ways in which Federal Indian policies have separated Native families–through warfare, boarding schools, adoption and foster care, and forced assimilation. She discusses the impact on and response from Native families as well as the efforts of Tribal nations to heal, recover, and revitalize.