A special film screening and discussion with Maine–Wabanaki REACH
The Maine Humanities Council will lead a short discussion after the 7pm viewing of the film Neither Wolf Nor Dog on Tuesday, September 19th at Railroad Square Cinema in Waterville. Panelists Esther Anne and Penthea Burns of Maine–Wabanaki REACH and Jackie Crow Shoe of the Center for Tribes will share their thoughts on issues raised in the film, followed by general discussion.
Tickets are available through Railroad Square Cinema.
Esther Anne, Passamaquoddy Tribal citizen, holds an MSW from the University of Maine. She was part of the ICWA Training Workgroup and helped create and convene the Maine Wabanaki-State Child Welfare Truth & Reconciliation Commission, focused on the trauma, losses and resulting needs of Tribal members who were taken from their family, culture and community when they were placed in state foster care. She now helps direct Wabanaki community organizing for Maine-Wabanaki REACH.
A lifelong Mainer, Penthea Burns works at Muskie School of Public Service. In 1999 she began working with the Wabanaki Tribal Child Welfare Programs and the State of Maine DHHS to improve Maine¹s compliance with the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA). She has helped to convene the Maine Wabanaki-State Child Welfare TRC. She now helps direct community organizing for Maine-Wabanaki REACH with non-Native Mainers.
Jackie Crow Shoe is an enrolled member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians in North Dakota and works for the Capacity Building Center for Tribes. She has worked in the field of tribal child welfare for over 20 years within different organizations in various roles focusing on Child Welfare Reform, Family Assessment Response, Family Group Decision Making and Children’s Justice Act, and Child Safety and Permanency. She has appeared in speaking engagements and television programs with her friend, Kent Nerburn, author of Neither Wolf Nor Dog.
Hayden Anderson, Executive Director of the MHC, will lead the discussion.