I feel it almost gratuitous or senseless to post this update on the legal fandango, all done openly and above board, in the public theft of Veronia from the Cherokee Nation, but nonetheless, the discourse of the article still seems so rich and impenetrable (see here):
In the context of that “victory,” however, what I more want to draw highlight involves the renewed and still increasing enthusiasm for further disenfrancising North American people by so-called evangelicals (see here). Daniel likes to ask “how low can they go”; I think we have a new low mark:
Motivated by their faith in God and a distrust of federal Indian policies, a few evangelical organizations are campaigning to abolish the federal Indian Child Welfare Act at the heart of the dispute.
Evangelicals, who have recently seized on adoption of orphaned children as a moral imperative, want fewer barriers to providing Native American children homes and see the federal law as an obstacle.
In a milieu of more and more unchecked neoliberalism, in an era that sees the repeal of the Voter Rights Act, the above shouldn’t be jolting or cause for gaping disbelief, should it? At this rate, how long until rape get decriminalized?
Elizabeth Sharon Morris of Hillsboro, N.D., believes the child should stay with her adoptive family.
A former registered nurse and mother to five children who adopted one and reared seven more, Morris runs a nonprofit organization of about 400 members that advocates for abolishing the Indian Child Welfare Act.
Morris said she was motivated to get involved after watching her late husband, Roland John Morris, Sr., a member of the Leech Lake Band of Minnesota Chippewa, battle alcoholism while his family succumbed to suicide, drug addiction, and crime.
When she saw a South Dakota tribe force a 5-year-old Native American girl to leave the stable home of her white adoptive parents, she feared the girl would return to a similar environment on the reservation.
“I just felt sick to my stomach at the thought,” Morris said.
In 2004, she and her husband founded the Christian Alliance for Indian Child Welfare.
I feel like commentary on the above can only be gratuitous. But I wonder if anyone sees this as analogous to arguments that we now live in a post-racial world (in the dis-United States), i.e., Native Americans are “racist” for insisting their kids be not raise by Whites, &c. But also, having been recently scolded for raising the issue of racism–where the scolding consisted basically in making a historically contextualized argument, “Systematic racism is far, far, far less pronounced these days”–the changing discourse of adoption seems to be taking a similar tack (i.e., the bad old ways and days are over and done with, so we’re post-adoptive now).
If there’s a kind of bright note in this, it comes from the fact that when an extreme evangelical like Morris becomes a headline crusader, it’s actually a sign that the support base is not strong. (The Tea Party points to a more diffuse case of this), though this also means a time of even more increasing social violence, due to the greater desperation and more concentrated funding in those (narrowed) channels.
Hard to tell if I’m not deceiving myself.