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The award-winning documentary podcast This Land is back for season 2. Host Rebecca Nagle reports on how the far right is using Native children to attack American Indian tribes and advance a conservative agenda.

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    • Society & Culture
    • 4.9 • 118 Ratings

The award-winning documentary podcast This Land is back for season 2. Host Rebecca Nagle reports on how the far right is using Native children to attack American Indian tribes and advance a conservative agenda.

    8. The Heart Of It

    8. The Heart Of It

    While we wait to see whether the Supreme Court takes the case, we attend a ceremony run by a program that helps Native adoptees reconnect with their tribes. 
    Show Notes

    This Land website https://crooked.com/podcast-series/this-land/

    Resources For Survivors https://crooked.com/resources-for-survivors/

    Resources For Journalists & Investigators https://crooked.com/resources-for-journalists-investigators/

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    • 35 min
    7. Before The Court

    7. Before The Court

    As the case heads to the Fifth Circuit - the last stop before the Supreme Court - we go inside the courtroom to hear the arguments and the decision.
    Show Notes

    This Land website https://crooked.com/podcast-series/this-land/

    Resources For Survivors https://crooked.com/resources-for-survivors/

    Resources For Journalists & Investigators https://crooked.com/resources-for-journalists-investigators/

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    Jennifer Brackeen’s Personal Blog https://web.archive.org/web/20201221201802/https://thebrackeens.blogspot.com/



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    • 38 min
    6. Trojan Horse

    6. Trojan Horse

    We know which law firms and think tanks are bringing these lawsuits, but no one has been able to figure out who’s funding them—or why—until now. 
    Show Notes

    This Land website https://crooked.com/podcast-series/this-land/

    Resources For Survivors https://crooked.com/resources-for-survivors/

    Resources For Journalists & Investigators https://crooked.com/resources-for-journalists-investigators/

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    • 36 min
    5. Pro Bono

    5. Pro Bono

    The fight against the Indian Child Welfare Act is much bigger than a few custody cases, or even the entire adoption industry. We follow the money, and our investigation leads us to a powerful group of corporate lawyers and one of the biggest law firms in the country. 
    Show Notes

    This Land website https://crooked.com/podcast-series/this-land/

    Resources For Survivors https://crooked.com/resources-for-survivors/

    Resources For Journalists & Investigators https://crooked.com/resources-for-journalists-investigators/

    Have a tip? Share it with our reporting team via SecureDrop https://criticalfrequency.org/securedrop/

    Mashpee Wampanoag face double crisis: COVID-19 and feds https://indiancountrytoday.com/news/mashpee-wampanoag-face-double-crisis-covid-19-and-feds

    Interior takes reservation away from Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe https://indiancountrytoday.com/news/interior-takes-reservation-away-from-mashpee-wampanoag-tribe

    Mashpee Wampanoag ruling a 'win for all of Indian Country' https://indiancountrytoday.com/news/mashpee-wampanoag-ruling-a-win-for-all-of-indian-country

    The Fight for Baby Veronica, Part 1 https://indiancountrytoday.com/archive/the-fight-for-baby-veronica-part-1

    The Fight for Baby Veronica, Part 2 https://indiancountrytoday.com/archive/the-fight-for-baby-veronica-part-2

    The Fight for Baby Veronica, Part 3 https://indiancountrytoday.com/archive/the-fight-for-baby-veronica-part-3

    The Fight for Baby Veronica, Part 4 https://indiancountrytoday.com/archive/the-fight-for-baby-veronica-part-4

    The Fight for Baby Veronica, Part 5 https://indiancountrytoday.com/archive/the-fight-for-baby-veronica-part-5

    Supreme Court Takes on Indian Child Welfare Act in Baby Veronica Case https://indiancountrytoday.com/archive/supreme-court-takes-on-indian-child-welfare-act-in-baby-veronica-case



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    • 33 min
    4. Supply And Demand

    4. Supply And Demand

    The private adoption industry has been fighting against the Indian Child Welfare Act the longest. We learn why by following one couple’s journey to adopt and their mixed feelings about the process.
    Show Notes

    This Land website https://crooked.com/podcast-series/this-land/

    Resources For Survivors https://crooked.com/resources-for-survivors/

    Resources For Journalists & Investigators https://crooked.com/resources-for-journalists-investigators/

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    Blood Memory documentary https://www.bloodmemorydoc.com/



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    • 37 min
    3. Grandma Versus The Foster Parents

    3. Grandma Versus The Foster Parents

    The Brackeens aren’t the only ones suing to strike down the Indian Child Welfare Act. So are Danielle and Jason Clifford, a foster couple from Minnesota.
    Show Notes

    This Land website https://crooked.com/podcast-series/this-land/

    Resources For Survivors https://crooked.com/resources-for-survivors/

    Resources For Journalists & Investigators https://crooked.com/resources-for-journalists-investigators/

    Have a tip? Share it with our reporting team via SecureDrop https://criticalfrequency.org/securedrop/



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    • 42 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
118 Ratings

118 Ratings

Kya 921 ,

So Important

The work of this podcast is so important. I discovered it during the second series, so I knew about the Supreme Court ruling of the first series, but what I didn’t know were the real stories of Indigenous people directly impacted by this decision in Oklahoma. The same applies to the Trail of Tears: I knew what Jackson did, but I didn’t know about the what the Ridges did. You can feel the impact of having a podcast driven by Indigenous people - so much education on Indigenous issues focuses on tragedy, but not the joy of being Native; whether it be a victory in the Supreme Court or the welcoming home of adoptees, both series leave you with hope and a moment of happiness, as well as a drive to act.

zietkiem ,

Very important podcast

I went through 2 seasons of this podcast in 2 days. The stories have drawn me so much I couldn’t stop listening! As a foreigner I do not know much about the history of Native Americans and the abuse they received and are still receiving from the US state. United States was built on pain, tears, greed and genocide. There’s nothing democratic about it and never was. It’s a corrupt state and the sooner Americans realise it and stop telling themselves the stories and myths, the better for them and for the world. The healing process can only begin once people stop lying to themselves and work through the trauma. This podcast is an important step towards it. Highly recommend!

Hebp242 ,

A really important piece of journalism

This is an excellent podcast - I can’t recommend it enough. I’ve learned a huge amount. My heart breaks at everything that has happened and continues to happen to Native nations and communities in America. This season focuses on adoption of Native children by non-Native families and the utterly cynical targeting of the Indian Child Welfare Act for private ends. One case at the centre of this - the Brackeen case - is tragic. I don’t doubt that the white family adopters love the children, but can’t help feel that the kids aren’t going to thank them in the long run for not only taking them away from the family and community that cherished them, but for seeking to destroy and undermine the sovereign tribes entirely. I wonder why they think this is in their adopted kids’ interests - is it that if the tribe no longer exists as a sovereign nation at all they don’t have to justify taking the kids away from it? Is it just entitlement? Who can say… but this is a very important and noteworthy podcast.

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