Screening of Documentary Dawnland on November 28



Screening of Documentary Dawnland on November 28

Documentary Showcases Indigenous Child Removal in the United States

SUNY Ulster Screens Dawnland Documentary on November 28

Documentary Showcases Indigenous Child Removal in the United States

November 6, 2018 – Stone Ridge, NY – SUNY Ulster will host a screening of Dawnland, the untold narrative of indigenous child removal in the United States, on Wednesday, November 28, from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. in the College Lounge, Vanderlyn Hall. Filmmaker Ben Pender-Cudlip will be in attendance to introduce the documentary and answer questions after the screening. This event is free and open to the community.

Dawnland highlights the untold stories of indigenous children removed from their families in the United States. For most of the 20th century, government agents systematically forced Native American children from their homes and placed them with white families. As recently as the 1970s, one in four Native children nationwide were living in non-Native foster care, adoptive homes, or boarding schools. Many children experienced emotional and physical harm by adults who mistreated them and tried to erase their cultural identity. In Maine, the first government-sanctioned truth and reconciliation commission (TRC) in the United States traveled for over two years gathering testimony and bearing witness to the devastating impact of the state’s child welfare practices on families in tribal communities. Dawnland showcases the challenges that the commission faced in its efforts toward truth, reconciliation, and the survival of all indigenous people.

 “Given our current environment and the #KeepingFamiliesTogether movement, the screening of Dawnland at SUNY Ulster is an important opportunity for us all to learn about a little known social injustice in our country’s history and the steps taken to rectify it,” stated Meg Sheeley, Director of Campus Life at SUNY Ulster. “We are proud to be hosting Dawnland, and we warmly invite our college and the surrounding community to join us at this event.”

The Upstander Project produced Dawnland. The filmmaking and educational collaborative was created in Boston, Massachusetts in 2009 to challenge indifference to injustice and raise awareness of the need for upstanders, especially among teachers and their students. More about the film, including the trailer, can be found at

              To learn more, contact Deborah Kaufman at or by phone at (845) 687- 5261.


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