No American Indian family remains untouched by government policies of forced family separation. Prior to the Adoption Era (1940-1978) the progressive approach to America’s “Indian problem” was to “Kill the Indian and save the man” by shipping Native youth and toddlers to an estimated 500 federally-funded conversion schools and religious institutions (Boarding School Era: 1879-1978). This collective era of removal effectively displaced 25-35% of Native American youth from tribal communities nationwide by the late 1960s.
Now in its 16th year, Big Sky will present 66 features and 102 short documentaries in 2019. The full lineup includes 47 World Premieres, 14 North American Premieres and 10 US Premieres. Films were selected from a record 2,000 submissions from 78 nations. Blood Memory is programmed as one of eleven Indigenous Stories from around the globe. (Details)
Blood Memory presentation:
Monday, February 18 at 1:30 pm
Missoula Community Theatre
200 N. Adams St., Missoula, MT 59802
18th Annual North Dakota Indian Child Welfare & Wellness Conference
Hosted by the University of South Dakota Native American Law Students Association
January 31, 2019 | Courtroom, University of South Dakota School of Law, 414 East Clark Street, Vermillion, SD
The film portrays a Welcome Home Ceremony for adults that were previously adopted out of the Rosebud Reservation. The film contrasts this ceremony against the history of legal challenges to the Indian Child Welfare Act, a law aimed at halting the systematic displacement and assimilation of Native American children. A panel discussion and reception will follow the screening.
January 29, 2019 | Lakota Studies Theatre (Lower Level), Antelope Lake Circle, Sinte Gleska University, Mission, SD
The Sicangu Nation Premiere of Blood Memory will be held on Tuesday, January 29, 2019 at 6:00 pm at the SGU Lakota Studies Theatre (Lower level) with light refreshments at 5:30 pm. Students and Community members are invited to attend.
A special invitation goes out to birth parents and adopted/fostered relatives and especially those who participated in the film.
November 20 2018 | Beus Center for Law and Society, Arizona State University, Phoenix, AZ
You're invited to a preview screening and panel discussion of the never before seen film Blood Memory on November 20th at 5pm in Great Hall, Beus Center for Law and Society (BCLS 141). There will be food and refreshments provided. Open to all ASU students, staff and faculty.
Join us within the traditional homelands of the Haudenosaunee and Susquehannock peoples as we come together from Tribal Nations all over Indian Country for a national discussion on boarding school truth, justice, and healing. View the preliminary draft agenda here.
Blood Memory Film Preview and Talking Circle:
Tuesday, October 3 at 9 a.m.
Truth and Healing: Quakers Seeking Right Relationship with Indigenous Peoples
Presented by Pendle Hill
May 3-6 2018 | Pendle Hill, Wallingford, PA
A Pendle Hill Conference for inspiration, education, networking, discernment, and action.
Visit PendleHill.org for a list of speakers and workshops.
April 20-26 2018 | Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, NE
"We Are All Related" is the theme of the 7th biennial Vision Maker Film Festival. The theme is a conceptual translation from the Lakota language—Mitákuye Oyás’iŋ—a commonly used expression indicating the Lakota's relationships to each other and in the world.
November 18, 2016 | The Lee Strasburg Theatre & Film Institute, West Hollywood, CA
The Festival is a showcase for new work by American Indian & Indigenous international independent filmmakers, bringing together decision makers and content creators with the goal of ensuring media representation of American Indian & Indigenous content to the world at large.
October 29, 2016 | Gasoline Street Coffee Company, Pittsburgh, PA
Blood Memory photographer Bryan Heller is Gasoline Street Coffee Company's "Artist of the Month." Stills from the film are on display in the lounge at Gasoline Street Coffee through November 2016. View the images and talk with the filmmakers over a hot cup of joe! Discussions start at 10am.
September 21-24, 2016 | The JW Marriott Hotel, New Orleans, LA
From Helping to Healing is a child centered conference that will explore research and best practices related to adoption from foster care, domestic infant adoption, intercountry adoption, advocacy, and the overlap between children of adoption and assisted reproductive technology ("ART").
August 26-27, 2016 | Rosebud Wacipi Arena, Rosebud, SD
A gathering for Adoptees/Fostered Individuals and Birth Parents will be held from 10am to 5pm on Friday, August 26 at the Sinte Gleska University Student Services Building (SGU Antelope Lake Campus, Mission, SD). Welcome Home Ceremony to follow at 1pm on Saturday, August 27 during Rosebud RST Wacipi & Fair.
April 4, 2016 | Creative Arts Secondary School, Saint Paul, MN
An evening of community dialogue featuring footage from the in-progress documentary feature, Blood Memory. Refreshments provided by Yazzie the Cook. Doors open at 5:30pm. Screening at 7pm. Q&A with the filmmakers to follow.