DAWNLAND Screenings


A documentary by Adam Mazo and Ben Pender-Cudlip, Dawnland tells the story of the first government-sanctioned truth and reconciliation commission (TRC) in the U.S., investigating the devastating impact of Maine’s child welfare practices on Native American communities. With intimate access to this groundbreaking process, and never-before-seen footage, the film reveals the untold narrative of Indigenous child removal in the United States.

For most of the 20th century, government agents systematically forced Native American children from their homes and placed them with white families. As recently as the 1970s, one in four Native children nationwide were living in non-Native foster care, adoptive homes, or boarding schools. Many children experienced shattering emotional and physical harm as they were forced to assimilate while being deprived of their cultural identity.

Dawnland brings to light how getting to the heart of the truth can offer a flicker of hope toward truth reconciliation and the survival of all Indigenous peoples.

Screenings will be followed by community discussion.

Upcoming Screenings:

Wednesday, October 3, 2018 6pm
Santa Fe Art Institute
1600 St. Michael’s Drive, Santa Fe, NM, 87505

Thursday, October 18 6pm
Albuquerque Center for Peace and Justice
202 Harvard Dr. SE, Albuquerque NM 87106

Event is free, but RSVP is recommended.

Sunday, October 21, 2018 4pm
Black Mesa Casino Auditorium
25 Hagen Road, San Felipe, NM 87001

Event is free, but RSVP is recommended.

Speaker: Regis Pecos is the former Governor of Cochiti Pueblo and served for 30 years on the Tribal Council. He is a graduate of Princeton University and an alum of the John F. Kennedy School of Government’s Senior Executive Program, Harvard University.

Regis served as the Chief of Staff to the late Speaker of the House Ben Lujan for 12 years in the New Mexico House of Representatives. In August of this year, he was among three New Mexicans who received the 2018 Humanitarian Award for his lifetime work that spans across his efforts to address education equity, environmental justice, economic justice, judicial fairness and children and family protection.

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