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The Girl in the Photograph: The True Story of a Native American Child, Lost and Found in America

The Girl in the Photograph: The True Story of a Native American Child, Lost and Found in America

by Byron L. Dorgan

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Overview

Through the story of Tamara, an abused Native American child, North Dakota Senator Byron Dorgan describes the plight of many children living on reservations—and offers hope for the future.

On a winter morning in 1990, U.S. Senator Byron Dorgan of North Dakota picked up the Bismarck Tribune. On the front page, a small Native American girl gazed into the distance, shedding a tear. The headline: "Foster home children beaten—and nobody's helping."

Dorgan, who had been working with American Indian tribes to secure resources, was upset. He flew to the Standing Rock Indian Reservation to meet with five-year-old Tamara who had suffered a horrible beating at a foster home. He visited with Tamara and her grandfather and they became friends. Then Tamara disappeared. And he would search for her for decades until they finally found each other again.

This book is her story, from childhood to the present, but it's also the story of a people and a nation. More than one in three American Indian/Alaskan Native children live in poverty. AI/AN children are disproportionately in foster care and awaiting adoption. Suicide among AI/AN youth ages 15 to 24 is 2.5 times the national rate. How has America allowed this to happen?

As distressing a situation as it is, this is also a story of hope and resilience. Dorgan, who founded the Center for Native American Youth (CNAY) at the Aspen Institute, has worked tirelessly to bring Native youth voices to the forefront of policy discussions, engage Native youth in leadership and advocacy, and secure and share resources for Native youth. You will fall in love with this heartbreaking story, but end the book knowing what can be done and what you can do.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250173652
Publisher: St. Martin''s Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/26/2019
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 667,333

About the Author

BYRON L. DORGAN served as a U.S. congressman and senator for North Dakota for thirty years before retiring in January 2011. He was chairman of Senate Committees and Subcommittees on the issues of Energy, Aviation, Appropriations, Water Policy, and Indian Affairs. Senator Dorgan is the author of the New York Times bestseller Take This Job and Ship It.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
1. The Lost Girl
2. A People Under Siege
3. The Kindness of a Stranger
4. There’s Little Care in This Health Care System
5. Teach the Children Well
6. Justice Is a Stranger Here
7. The Next Generation of Leaders
8. Leadership
9. Defenders of the Earth
10. The Arc of the Moral Universe Is Bending Toward Justice
11. New Opportunities
What You Can Do