i understand the cause, but i do not know exactly where to stand on the issue. My mother is Lakota Sioux, adopted out among 8 other brothers & sisters (but she was the firstborn) from her 16 year old mother in SD. Her adoptive parents were middle-class americans with Irish and German blood, but anyway, they admired Native Americans i suppose so they adopted my mom, having already had two children of their own. Well, my mother, growing up in the late 70s, had a mainly materialistic household and trouble finding her own identity, and was raised to be more white, never knowing anything about native culture besides getting enrolled in the Standing Rock tribe while in high school. So when she was 18 she left to go to Haskell in KS, and hung out everyday with people of her own blood, and she liked it. She found out that her birth family was very unstable and that her mother was crazy, her siblings suicidal and a few of them in prison, with kids, younger than her at 22. But she wanted Indian kids so she hooked up with my dad, half Muskogee Creek and half Sac and Fox, and they moved back here, central IL, to be among her parents and settle down. Afterward she's had a very hard life, given that my father was an alcoholic and abusive, had childhood neglect was poor being raised in rural OK and everything, and they've been divorced, but the 3 of us siblings know his family and have more knowledge than she did. Despite being raised in a lower middle class setting where you're normally either black or white. But i don't know if wanting to adopt a Native American child when i grow up is wrong, since i've wanted to in honor of my mother, someday. Would it be right because i am Native, or would it not make a difference? A child is still a child, but... I have no clue.
Sunday, May 12, 2013 - 18:27