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Dawnland Film Screening and Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) Panel Discussion

Please join us on Thursday, April 13th, at 6pm (reception at 5:30pm) in Hannaford Hall, for a Dawnland Film Screening and Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) Panel Discussion.

This special public event is about the Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978, (ICWA), widely considered the gold standard in child welfare policy. The Supreme Court will determine whether ICWA continues as the law of the land.  What does this mean for people in Maine?

The event consists of an in-person screening of the broadcast version of Dawnland followed by a panel discussion. Dawnland is an Emmy award winning film about the work of Wabanaki REACH and the Maine Wabanaki-State Child Welfare Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

The panelists are: Esther Anne, Passamaquoddy, Catherine Cutler Institute, Tribal-State ICWA Workgroup Facilitator and Co-chair of the Wabanaki REACH Board of Directors; Martha Proulx, retired ICWA Liaison for the Maine Office of Child and Family Services and Wabanaki REACH volunteer; and Nora Sosnoff, retired Chief of the Child Protection Division, Office of the Maine Attorney General.

The panel will be moderated by: Penthea Burns, Catherine Cutler Institute, Wabanaki REACH co-founder and Secretary for the Board of Directors

View the Dawnland Trailer: vimeo.com/227346667

This event is free and open to the public.
This event will be American Sign Language (ASL) Interpreted
USM’s Student Alliance of Indigenous Peoples (SAIP) will be tabling and hosting a bake sale at this event

FMI: www.wabanakireach.org/dawnland_viewing_usm_april_13_2023

This event is co-sponsored by Wabanaki REACH and the University of Southern Maine’s Gloria S. Duclos Convocation and Office of Human Resources.


April 13, 2023
5:30 PM – 8:30 PM


Abromson Community Education Center
88 Bedford St
Portland, ME 04101 United States