Wow, Chuck! Finally a crack in your armour, you in this article you intend to address or help reconcile " any feelings of intergenerational trauma." This is something you had previously said you never heard of, and did not believe in. I applaud you for your painstaking effort to come to terms with what I and others have been saying for the past several years, that sexual abuses of Native American children happened at the residential mission schools in the NW and in S. Dakota, and elsewhere, and that this is historical fact. I understand you when you said that while you were in a Jesuit run baording school, either St. Francis or Holy Rosary, and you never witnessed that kind of abuse and that no one ever told you that it happened to them. In fact, it can take a life-time for survivors of abuse to even begin to come to terms with childhood sexual abuse, and only 2 out of 10 will ever do so. Children never talk about what they cannot understand themselves, at the ages of 5,6,7..they have no concept ot sex. I wish you well in your journey of discovery, and that the truthes of what was done to our Indian children (now our elders) will become apparent to you. Perhaps, in time, you too will become a supporter of our efforts to obtain justice, healing, and solutions to end child abuse in Indian Country that began in the residential schools so long ago.
Friday, July 22, 2011 - 06:13