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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.

This Land Crooked Media

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    • 4.7 • 7.1K 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.

    1. Solomon’s Sword

    1. Solomon’s Sword

    ALM – as referred to in court documents – is a Navajo and Cherokee toddler. When he was a baby, a white couple from the suburbs of Dallas wanted to adopt him, but a federal law said they couldn’t. So they sued.

    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/

    "An Untold Number Of Indigenous Children Disappeared At U.S. Boarding Schools. Tribal Nations Are Raising The Stakes In Search Of Answers." https://theintercept.com/2018/09/25/carlisle-indian-industrial-school-indigenous-children-disappeared/

    "My Relatives Went To A Catholic School For Native Children. It Was A Place Of Horrors" https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/jun/30/my-relatives-went-to-a-catholic-school-for-native-children-it-was-a-place-of-horrors

    "Indigenous Children Finally Headed Home" https://indiancountrytoday.com/news/indigenous-children-officially-headed-home

    "Indian Boarding School Investigation Faces Hurdles In Missing Records, Legal Questions" https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/indian-boarding-school-investigation-faces-hurdles-missing-records-legal-questions-n1273996

    "U.S. Boarding Schools To Be Investigated" https://indiancountrytoday.com/news/us-boarding-schools-to-be-investigated



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    • 49 min
    2. Behind The Curtain

    2. Behind The Curtain

    The Brackeens' case would have been a normal adoption dispute, but then one of the most powerful corporate law firms in the United States took it on and helped the couple launch a federal lawsuit.
    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/

    “Indian Adoption Project Increases Momentum” April 18, 1967 press release from the U.S. Department of the Interior https://www.indianaffairs.gov/as-ia/opa/online-press-release/indian-adoption-project-increases-momentum



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    • 48 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/

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    • 42 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/

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

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



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    • 37 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
    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/

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




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    • 36 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
7.1K Ratings

7.1K Ratings

Rie-embody ,

An important story, grippingly told

I thought I knew about ICWA and the efforts to overturn it - but the depth of this reporting has shown me multiple new levels of the colonizer system at work. As with all systems, with white culture firmly in place as the norm, all we have to do is live our lives to perpetuate it - from telling new stories that focus on individual family drama to using the courts to fight for a “competitive edge” in land development. I don’t know what’s more sinister, the active conspiracies or the passive ones.

N.S.5409 ,

Life Changing

I admittedly (and embarrassingly) never knew of the struggles indigenous people faced and continue to face in the US. This year, I’ve been working on educating myself and filling all the gaps left by my own traditional, conservative upbringing.

THANK YOU for your research and for bringing it here for someone like me to listen. It is truly changing my life, the way I see things as an American, and the way I educate my children.

parkscdp ,

Thorough and insightful

This podcast gives a clear picture of the types of issues affecting native Americans. Thanks so much!

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