Documentary Screening and Panel Discussion of “Dawnland”

Image of front cover of Dawnland DVD with man carrying small child on his back.
October 8, 2018

In Honor of Indigenous Peoples’ Day

Please join the Native American Law Students Association (NALSA), Office of Student Affairs, Lillian Goldman Law Library, Yale Law School, Yale Native American Cultural Center and the Yale Film Study Center for a screening & panel discussion of Dawnland.

The event will take place on Wednesday, October 17 at 6:00pm in SLB Rm. 127.

Dinner will be catered by Sherry Pocknett, who specializes in Mashpee Wampanoag cuisine. 

Dawnland explores the first state-sanctioned Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) for Native Americans, which took place in Maine and continues to operate to this day. The TRC process has focused on how the State of Maine’s child welfare system separated Wabanaki children from their families and subjected them to abuse in foster homes after the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) was passed in 1978. The documentary places this story in the broader context of family separation, displacement, and genocide that continues to affect Native communities across the United States.

Panelists will include: 

  • Adam Mazzo, Dawnland director
  • Esther Anne, Co-Director of Maine-Wabanaki REACH
  • Jami Johnson (‘09), former NALSA President & federal public defender

The panel will be moderated by Maile Tavepholjarern (‘11), NALSA alum and Associate Counsel at the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium.

We hope that all people who care about indenous rights, child welfare, and decolonization join us for this important discussion.

For more information about Dawnland, please click here.

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