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Say Brother; Native American Foster Care; Indian Child Welfare Act

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03/31/1978

In this clip Pam Colorado, social worker and Ph.D., candidate at Brandeis University, talks to Barbara Barrow about the Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978. Overall the program focuses on foster care in Massachusetts with an emphasis on the proper placement of Native American children. Host Barbara Barrow-Murray speaks with guests Pam Colorado (a social worker and Ph.D. candidate at Brandeis), Kevin Brown (a Child Welfare Development Specialist for the Department of Public Welfare, Boston), Linda Lappen (a Co-supervisor for the Home Finding Unit of Boston's Welfare Department), and Suzanne Letendre (Director of the Foster Care Program at the Boston Indian Council) to discuss if it matters if a child is not placed within their family unit, if there a need for placement within a family of the same cultural background as the child's, the process by which children are placed with families, if relatives or foster families of the same ethnic background are always considered first, the problems facing Native Americans in terms of developing foster care programs, and whether or not the inability to place a child with the same ethnic group threatens the survival of a culture as a whole. Program includes previously filmed interviews with each of the guests, as well as Native American young adults who were raised by non-Native American families. Program includes a "Third World Connection" segment (in which theories related to the original inhabitants of North America are discussed) and "man on the street" interviews conducted by Barrow-Murray to assess whether or not the "average" person feels it is a problem when minority children are adopted by white families. Produced by Barbara Barrow-Murray. Directed by David Atwood.


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Series
Say Brother
Program
Native American Foster Care
Program Number

823

Title

Indian Child Welfare Act

Series Description

Say Brother is WGBH's longest running public affairs television program by, for and about African Americans, and is now known as Basic Black. Since its inception in 1968, Say Brother has featured the voices of both locally and nationally known African American artists, athletes, performers, politicians, professionals, and writers including: Muhammad Ali, Maya Angelou, Thomas Atkins, Amiri Baraka, Doris Bunte, Julian Bond, Stokely Carmichael, Louis Farrakhan, Nikki Giovanni, Odetta Gordon, Henry Hampton, Benjamin Hooks, Jesse Jackson, Hubie Jones, Mel King, Eartha Kitt, Elma Lewis, Haki Madhubuti, Wallace D. Muhammad, Charles Ogletree, Babatunde Olatunji, Byron Rushing, Owusu Sadaukai, and Sonia Sanchez. Series release date: 7/15/1968

Program Description

Program focuses on foster care in Massachusetts with an emphasis on the proper placement of Native American children. Host Barbara Barrow-Murray speaks with guests Pam Colorado (a social worker and Ph.D. candidate at Brandeis), Kevin Brown (a Child Welfare Development Specialist for the Department of Public Welfare, Boston), Linda Lappen (a Co-supervisor for the Home Finding Unit of Boston's Welfare Department), and Suzanne Letendre (Director of the Foster Care Program at the Boston Indian Council) to discuss if it matters if a child is not placed within their family unit, if there a need for placement within a family of the same cultural background as the child's, the process by which children are placed with families, if relatives or foster families of the same ethnic background are always considered first, the problems facing Native Americans in terms of developing foster care programs, and whether or not the inability to place a child with the same ethnic group threatens the survival of a culture as a whole. Program includes previously filmed interviews with each of the guests, as well as Native American young adults who were raised by non-Native American families. Program includes a "Third World Connection" segment (in which theories related to the original inhabitants of North America are discussed) and "man on the street" interviews conducted by Barrow-Murray to assess whether or not the "average" person feels it is a problem when minority children are adopted by white families.

Asset Type

Clip

Media Type

Video

Subjects
Indians of North America--Massachusetts
Boston (Mass.). Public Welfare Dept.
Colorado, Pam
Boston Indian Council (Boston, Mass.)
Indigenous peoples
United States. Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978
Brown, Kevin
Letendre, Suzanne
Lappen, Linda
Genres
Magazine
Topics
Race and Ethnicity
Creators
Barrow-Murray, Barbara (Producer)
Atwood, David (Director)
Moore, Melvin (Associate Producer)
Contributors
Clarke, Brian (Assistant Director)
Barrow-Murray, Barbara (Host)
Coleman, Vern (Audio)
Hill, Rebecca (Fashion Consultant)
Rivera, George (Production Assistant)
St. Onge, David (Videotape Recordist)
Mackles, Gene (Graphic Designer)
Fairweather, Bill (Video)
Norton, Chas (Lighting Assistant)
Mahard, Fran (Scenic Design)
Morton, Wil (Audio)
Harrison, Rich (Video)
Smith, Lee (Camera)
Smith, Kathy (Switcher)
LaBillois, Ann (Intern)
Sullivan, John L. (Lighting Director)
Lewis, Webster (Theme Music)
Chigas, Bail (Assistant Cameraman)
Demers, Leo (Videotape Recordist)
Yang, Eileen (Researcher)
Buccheru, Ron (Switcher)
LeCain, Larry (Camera)
Wareham, Skip (Camera)
DeVitt, Doug (Videotape Recordist)
Clark, Marvin (Intern)
Johnson, Nat (Audio)
White, Conrad (Stage Manager)
Horne, Danny (Intern)
Crane, David (Videotape Recordist)
Publication Information
WGBH Educational Foundation
Citation
Chicago: “Say Brother; Native American Foster Care; Indian Child Welfare Act,” 03/31/1978, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed December 11, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_94AB3D862C544679872CF1FE731DA924.
MLA: “Say Brother; Native American Foster Care; Indian Child Welfare Act.” 03/31/1978. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. December 11, 2016. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_94AB3D862C544679872CF1FE731DA924>.
APA: Say Brother; Native American Foster Care; Indian Child Welfare Act. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_94AB3D862C544679872CF1FE731DA924
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