Dawnland Film Screening & Q&A

July 15, 2020
7:00pm Eastern Time
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Join us to view and discuss this documentary that tells the untold story of Indigenous child removal in the US through the nation's first-ever government-endorsed truth and reconciliation commission, which investigated the devastating impact of Maine’s child welfare practices on the Wabanaki people.

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07 09 20 Summer Justice Series 2020 Dawnland Film Screening and Discussion with Film Director

NEA Introduction Slides

07 09 20 Summer Justice Series 2020 Dawnland Film Screening and Discussion with Film Director

NEA Introduction Slides

07 09 20 Summer Justice Series 2020 Dawnland Film Screening and Discussion with Film Director

NEA Introduction Slides

Dawnland 54mins (OVEE Screening)

120 minutes



  • David Ragland (moderator)

    David Ragland co-leads the campaign for Truth & Reparations, which supports Faith & Spiritual Communities around the U.S. to co-create reparative relationships with Black Led Grass roots organizations, as an example of the possibilities of reparations in our time. The campaign has designated two days August 11 & December 22nd as #ReparationSundays. David is one of the co-founders and co-directors of the Truth Telling Project, which began in the early days of the Ferguson Uprising to shift the narrative of the protests and police violence. He also taught at Pacifica Graduate Institute in Community Liberation and Eco-Psychology. David was recently inducted into the Martin Luther King Jr Collegium of Scholars at Morehouse College. He is a contributing editor for Waging Nonviolence Magazine, co-authored of “Systemic Humiliation in America”, which was listed as part of the most important research on advocacy in the last 40 years Advocacy Labs at Georgetown University. He also recently published a chapter on Radical Truth Telling and Ferguson in the “Handbook on Violence in Education.” David has served on the board of directors for the Peace and Justice Studies Association, the Fellowship of Reconciliation’s National Council, and as U.N. Representative for the International Peace Research Association. David's most recent writing is an editorial series on reparations in Yes Magazine about reparations -www.yesmagazine.org/opinion/2019/08/08/slavery-reparations-peace-part1/

  • Christine Diindiisi McCleave

    Christine Diindiisi McCleave, enrolled citizen of Turtle Mountain Ojibwe Nation, is Chief Executive Officer for the National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition. Christine is a historian, social justice activist, and author whose grandfather attended Marty Catholic Indian Boarding School and Haskell Indian Boarding School and her great grandfather attended Carlisle Indian School—the first federal off-reservation boarding school in the U.S. Diindiisi McCleave received her master of arts in Leadership from Augsburg University and bachelor of science in Communication Studies from Northwestern University. Her master's thesis researches traditional Native American spirituality and Christianity and the legacy of the boarding schools on spiritual activities and Indian Activism today.

  • Dawn Neptune Adams

    Dawn Neptune Adams is Two-Spirit and a member of the Penobscot Nation. Existing as a bolt of lightning in a global storm of resistance to the status quo, her activist resume stretches back to 1998 when she began fighting for Indigenous Rights and Environmental Justice in Huntington Beach, CA. Dawn has been on the frontlines of movements such as Occupy Wall St., Idle No More, Standing Rock, and the struggle to resist territorial theft of Penobscot land and water. She is the Indigenous Peoples' Policy Advisor to the Hunter/Elias Presidential campaign, a narrator and journalist with Sunlight Media Collective, Wabanaki Liaison to the Maine Green Independent Party, a member of Racial Equity & Justice, and a Racial Justice Consultant to the Peace & Justice Center of Eastern Maine. Dawn is unapologetically anti-war and is especially well-versed in geopolitical issues. When not battling plutocrats, polluters, and patriarchy, Dawn spends her time raising a preteen, and building fine furniture. She dreams of a day when we can all eat the Salmon from the Penobscot River and live together in peace.

  • Adam Mazo

    Adam Mazo is an Emmy® award-winning filmmaker and the director of the Upstander Project. He co-founded the Upstander Project with Mishy Lesser in 2009. He is the co-director and producer of the Emmy® award-winning feature-length film, Dawnland (Independent Lens, Woods Hole Jury Award for Best Documentary 2018), First Light (Camden International Film Festival 2016) and Dear Georgina (Camden International Film Festival 2019). Adam directed and produced Coexist (WORLD Channel, Africa Movie Academy Award Nominee 2014), and he is currently co-directing and producing the upcoming short Bounty. His films have been broadcast on domestic and international television, programmed at film festivals and international conferences, and screened at universities, middle and high schools, where they are also often used in curricula. He is originally from Minnesota, graduated from the University of Florida, and now lives with his wife and sons in the territory of the Massachusett people in the place known as Boston.

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