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In the 1950s, when Sandy White Hawk was a toddler, she was taken from her Lakota family on the Rosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota. Her adoption papers identify her as “a child of the Indian race,” and her adoptive mother never let her forget it, telling her she was unwanted and shaming her for being “Indian.” White Hawk medicated her traumas with drugs and alcohol. At age twenty-eight, she gained sobriety and reconnected with her birth relatives. As she learned what it means to be Lakota, she also learned that thousands of Native adoptees shared her experience—left to navigate racial and cultural complexities as children, with no way to understand what was happening to them.

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  1. | "Cover"
  2. p. 1
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  1. | "Title Page, Copyright, Dedication, Frontispiece"
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  1. | "Contents"
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  1. | "Foreword: Agliaku: Bringing Them Home"
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  1. | "Introduction: The Indian Child Welfare Act and Adult Adoptees and Fostered Individuals"
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  1. | "Part 1. Truth"
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  1. | "1. "A Child of the Indian Race""
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  1. | "2. The First Trip Home"
  2. pp. 36-49
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  1. | "3. Growing Up, Growing Alone"
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  1. | "4. Isolation Is Familiar"
  2. pp. 64-75
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  1. | "Part 2. Healing"
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  1. | "5. Wings on a Dream"
  2. pp. 78-95
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  1. | "6. A Seed Is Planted"
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  1. | "7. The Seed Is Nurtured"
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  1. | "8. The Song"
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  1. | "9. Defining a Movement"
  2. pp. 144-159
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  1. | "10. Welcoming Them Home"
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  1. | "Part 3. Reconciliation"
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  1. | "11. Reconciliation Begins with the Individual"
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  1. | "12. The Work"
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  1. | "13. Words of Witness"
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  1. | "14. Repatriation"
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  1. | "15. Finding Our Place in the Circle"
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  1. | "Acknowledgments"
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  1. | "Appendix 1: Child Welfare League of America 2001 Apology"
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  1. | "Appendix 2: The National Congress of American Indians #SD-02-037"
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  1. | "About the Authors"
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  1. | "Back Cover"
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