Discretion, Identifying & Securing Donors for North American Indian Adoptee Pow Wow in New York City Area

April 18, 2014 § Leave a comment

April 17, 2014. What should we do?

In identifying and securing funding for a pow wow that we hope will take place in New York City area as early as October 2014 but maybe not until Spring-Summer-early Fall 2015, the intention of which is to reunite North American Indian adoptees with one another and possibly also their biological families, we have been asked to consider receipt of funds from a private sector organization that has recently, by North American Indian groups, been intensely criticized for perceived insensitivities to relative racial stereotypes.

To date, we have received feedback from a few North American Indian individuals who say they themselves never took any offense to the racial stereotype, always having seen it as a point of pride and a suggestion of strength. These individuals celebrated the stereotype. Nevertheless there is a more vocal group that takes offense.

Should we accept the donations from the private sector organization that causes offense to a large number but certainly not all North American Indians? We want to because the intention is to assist a group of North American Indian adoptees in ways that North American Indians themselves have never offered; or, do we reject it because in taking it we are certain to be aggressively criticized?

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