April 2012 Program Update with Shan Cretin and Keith Harvey
This is a recording of the American Friends Service Committee’s Monthly Program Update call from April 19, 2012 with Shan Cretin, AFSC’s General Secretary. Shan sat down with Keith Harvey, Regional Director, of the Cambridge, MA office to discuss AFSC's Truth and Reconciliation work with the Wabanaki Youth program.
Denise Altvater (far right)and siblings weeks before they were taken from the reservation and placed in a non-native foster home by the state of Maine.
“It is the first truth and reconciliation (process) in this country that is dealing with the child welfare system in the United States. It’s also the first truth and reconciliation between a government of the United States and a sovereign tribal nation. And as far as we know, because we’ve done work with the Transitional Justice Center in New York City, it is also the first that‘s been developed collaboratively between two opposing parties.” ~Denise Altvater
The following are excerpts from a recent conversation with Denise Altvater, AFSC’s Wabanaki Program Coordinator in Maine. Keith Harvey, AFSC’s regional director in New England, hosted the telephone conversation, and several friends and supporters joined the call.
Keith: Denise, would you introduce yourself and your work?
Please join Denise Altvater, Coordinator of AFSC's Wabanaki Program, for the inside story of the historic Truth and Reconciliation Process now underway in Maine. Learn about this extraordinary journey toward healing and forgiveness, and bring your questions for Denise!
Our host will be Keith Harvey, AFSC Regional Director in New England, who has launched a three part series of community conversations on the theme, The Haves, the Have-Nots and the Beloved Community.
Wabanaki Chiefs, Maine Gov. Paul LePage and AFSC's Wabanaki Program Director Denise Altvater signed a declaration of intent on Indian Island to start a truth and reconciliation process between the tribes and the state child welfare system. Among signatories were from left: Denise Altvater and Governor Joseph Socobasin.
The first cooperative Truth and Reconciliation process to be undertaken by Native tribes and a US state will take place in Maine, thanks to years of groundwork by AFSC and partners.
KEITH ‘BEAR’ HARVEY was a scholarship football player on the Miami University of Ohio football team when its team name was the “Redskins.” His acceptance of that nickname changed following a conversation with a Native American classmate. Harvey’s commentary below explains why he joined the effort to change the team’s nickname.
AFSC's Keith Harvey discusses "redskins," his childhood and "building the beloved community."
The Criminal Justice Program AFSC's New England Regional Office, is dedicated to the practice of healing and transformative justice.
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