Sandra White Hawk, (Sicangu Lakota), First Nations Repatriation Institute

Sandra White Hawk, (Sicangu Lakota), First Nations Repatriation Institute

Sandra White Hawk is a Sicangu Lakota adoptee from the Rosebud Reservation, South Dakota. She is the founder and Director of First Nations Repatriation Institute (FNRI).

FNRI is the first organization of its kind whose goal it is to create a resource for First Nations people impacted by foster care or adoption to return home, reconnect, and reclaim their identity.  The Institute also serves as a resource to enhance the knowledge and skills of practitioners who serve First Nations people.

Sandra organizes Truth Healing Reconciliation Community Forums that bring together adoptees/fostered individuals and their families and professionals with the goal to identify post adoption issues. She has also initiated an ongoing support group for adoptees and birth relatives in the Twin Cities Area.

Sandra is a consultant for the Center for Regional and Tribal Child Welfare Studies University of Minnesota Duluth, Capacity Building Center for Tribes, The Hennepin County Indian Child Welfare Unit and works at the Indian Child Welfare Law Center.

She served as Commissioner for the Maine State Child Welfare Truth and Reconciliation Commission and served as an Honorary Witness of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission on Residential Schools in Canada.

She is board member of the Legal Rights Center, Minneapolis and is 1st Vice Chair of the National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition.

She is a contributing author to, Outsiders Within: Writing on transracial adoption, Parenting as Adoptees and The Kinship Parenting Toolbox.

Opening Plenary #1 – Healing & Reconciliation – A Journey to Reconciliation with Truth and Justice

Tamaya ABC

There is a growth in healing, power, and movements all across Turtle Island. It is important now, more than ever, for communities to prepare themselves for this growth. Indigenous peoples around the world have been affected by the legacy of colonialism with effects that remain today. In Canada, and recently in the United States, there […]

Conference Healing

Workshop Block #1: A Deeper Conversation on Truth, Healing, and Reconciliation


(This workshop is an opportunity to continue the conversation from the plenary on healing.) This workshop will allow for a deeper conversation about how organizations and tribal nations in the United States are addressing trauma and healing. The workshop will begin with a participatory exercise which will then lead the group into a more intimate […]