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The Maine Truth and Reconciliation Commission – Maine’s Native Communities

The Maine Truth and Reconciliation Commission – Maine’s Native Communities

Denise Altvater

Denise Altvater

Denise Altvater, AFSC's Coordinator, Wabanaki Youth Program.

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As a founding member in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission officially launched this year, AFSC is working to address the history and consequences of state removal of Native children from their homes, a practice that stared decades ago in a context of forced assimilation. As late as 1984, Maine continued to have one of the highest rates of removal of Native children in the country. The TRC’s aims are to uncover the truth, improve child welfare practices and facilitate community healing.

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