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LETTER TO TRUTH AND JUSTICE COMMISSION

Dear Truth and Justice Commission: I just got done watching a documentary about the Truth and Reconciliation Commission with respect to how native American children were treated when they were removed from their homes, taken to boarding schools, and "white-ized" for lack of a better word. http://www.pbs.org/independentlens/videos/dawnland/ I remembered this because by the time I was 24 years old, I had become a drug addict and prostitute.  In my path to find recovery, I had to confront family trauma connected with my native American bloodlines.  In my history, my great grandmother's generation was the one where they were taken away from their families, shamed about being native American, and then "educated" into how to integrate into modern America where their way of life was now considered "dead" and "savage".  Of course most of them wound up on drugs like me.  I was interested in this film "Dawnland" t