IN THE VEINS (Vol. 4): here


Indian Adoption Projects survivors write new history in new book Called Home: The RoadMap

GREENFIELD, MASSACHUSETTS (2016) --- Blue Hand Books Collective in Western Massachusetts has published a second edition of CALLED HOME: The RoadMap Vol. 2 [in the Lost Children of the Indian Adoption Projects book series].  This edition has been revised and updated with a new book cover.  It includes a new essay The RoadMap: DNA and ICWA, devoted to those adoptees still searching, offering tips on how to open sealed adoption files, how to use DNA tests and the services of search angels, and how the recently-revised Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978 could help them.
The Lost Children of the Indian Adoption Projects book series [Two Worlds Vol. 1; Called Home: The RoadMap Vol. 2; Stolen Generations Vol. 3; and a new poetry collection In The Veins Vol. 4 to be published in 2016] exposes a dark chapter of North American history when First Nations and American Indian children were forced to attend residential boarding schools, or were taken from their tribal parents under the government-sponsored Indian Adoption Projects and ARENA. These actions and programs were largely overlooked this past century by historians and scholars.  Canada did issue an apology for its Sixties Scoop of adoptees in recent years, but the US has not.
Book series editor, journalist and Native American adoptee Trace Lara Hentz, explains, “Americans and Canadians are only now becoming aware of these genocidal programs specifically targeting Native American and First Nations children.  Adoptees called the Sixties Scoop in Canada are filing a class action lawsuit in 2016.  For me, it was essential to find these children-now-adults and give them a voice, to write their own story in first-person narratives.
“These writers don’t spare us any details of what it was like growing up outside of their culture then trying to fit back in. They are not “angry bitter” but changed by their experience of being adopted, losing contact with their culture and tribal families. (Many were small children and separated from their siblings, too… heartbreaking to read.)
“Finding your way back home is usually the most challenging part. Then come the intricacies of reunions with family members.  Remember, generations of families in Indian Country were affected and adoption does change all of us. That is the dilemma: adoptees feel we don't know enough to fit back in but we have to be home with our relatives to learn or re-learn what we missed!”
Writing personal experience actually heals you in many ways, she said. “The changes I have noticed in the writers in Two Worlds, Called Home and Stolen Generations (the series up to now) is very significant.  Each has grown more secure in themselves, most are still in reunions, and they have developed a unique voice as writers.  Some of them had never been asked to share these personal details and for some, yes, writing about being adopted was scary, not easy at all.”
There is no shortage of talent among Native Americans, and these writers are from across North American (and one Lost Bird is from Ireland via Newfoundland and another is a Lakota Dakota who was living in Germany and is now back living on his reservation in Rosebud, South Dakota.)
“As much as I changed in the past ten years, readers of this book series will see this clearly in the updates from the adoptees/writers in part two of Called Home,” Hentz said, who wrote her own memoir One Small Sacrifice over a five-year period.
Called Home covers topics like DNA tests, Baby Veronica (in depth), the movie PHILOMENA, Stolen Generations (and 60s Scoop) history and historical facts like OPERATION PAPOOSE, one of Arnold Lyslo's Indian Adoption Projects.
“My husband Herb was saying that our press release needs to interest people who are not adopted,” Hentz said.  “He said lots of people have difficulties being with their own family members.  That is definitely true.
“So the question is: will the general public care to know that thousands of American Indian and First Nations children were adopted out to white families prior to the Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978?  Will they care that not every adoption was magical or perfect?  Will they care that adoptees have opinions about their own experiences and about the BABY V case which stunned many of us adoptees called Lost Birds?  Do Americans and others want to know what happened to LOST BIRDS in history? That remains to be seen,” Hentz said. “As a matter of record, every adoptee in Called Home wanted to find and reunite with their tribal relatives. These are mini-biographies with twists and turns, filled with such courage!”
In Part Three, there is a section in the book for adoptees that are still searching and have been told that one or both birthparents are Native American.
“They are all excellent essays, but Levi's THE HOLOCAUST SELF will definitely stop you in your tracks,” Hentz said. “It applies to many humans who are marginalized, but especially Native Americans and adoptees in general.”
Hentz said her co-Editor Patricia Busbee's introduction in the book is brilliant and heart-wrenching as she shares her reunion with siblings and shares pieces of the past in her adoptive mother's diary.
Quote from the popular American Indian Adoptees blog []:
Are you searching for your tribal family? We have the roadmap and advice you need in this book series Lost Children of the Indian Adoption Projects... There is a growing need for answers, answers adoptees have trouble finding. In this anthology, you will hear their answers and how other adoptees were able to find their tribal relatives, but most importantly, how they healed....

***Here's an excerpt from a new writer Cynthia Lammers (who has found she has 5 brothers and they are Lakota.)
...My case worker told me I had to write a letter to my birth mother, explaining why I wanted to know her. I did this and sent it to her. Then I had to do some legal paperwork for the State of Nebraska and pay $15 to have it processed. Then I later received a phone call from my case worker, telling me to come to Omaha on a certain date. That I was not to come alone, to have a friend or family member come with me. My best friend Susan went with me to Omaha. We had no idea what this was about to happen? Was I finally going to meet my birth mother? We arrived at the address that I was given at the time they told us to be there. We were at a College Campus, in a classroom, filled with about 50- 60 people, sitting at round tables with 6-8 people at each table. We ate lunch. Then a Native American man started the meeting with a prayer. Then several different Native men and woman got up to speak, each one telling a story about their lives. The strange thing was, almost every story was almost the same about how they grew up and who they grew up with. Native people growing up in white families. We were all adopted. We all had alcoholic mothers who couldn’t take care of us. We all felt lost at some point in our lives and maybe some of us still did. We all had questions about who we really were. What was our Indian Culture or Heritage about, we didn’t know. Were we all related? Probably not, I thought to myself.   Then suddenly, it hit me, I turned and looked at my caseworker from the Children’s Home. She had tears running down her face. I said to her, “You have been lying to me all these years, haven’t you?” She began to cry. I began to cry. Once I got myself back together, I told her it probably wasn’t her fault, that she was just doing her job. She’d been telling me what she was told to tell me..."
“I am honored to be in this anthology, too,” Hentz said, writing as an adoptee with her own reunion with her mixed Native American father Earl Bland.  “With this series, the writers share what they want, how they want.  I look forward to see how these incredible stories reach new hands and make new history in North America.” 
The second edition of Called Home: The RoadMap (ISBN: 978-0692700334, $12.96) is on Amazon.  An e-book version is on Kindle.  FMI:

"For Lost Birds/adoptees coming after us, when they find this new book and the earlier anthology TWO WORLDS, adoptees themselves documented this history and evidence.  We have created a roadmap, a resource for new adoptees who will wish to journey back to their First Nations and understand exactly what happened and why.  There is no doubt in my mind that adoption changes us, clouds the mind and steals years of our lives, but there is something non-Indians can never steal and that is our dreams and the truth we are resilient!”

PHOTOS Available: All the adoptees in this book are available for interviews.
CONTACT: Publisher/Editor Trace L Hentz, Message: 413-258-0115
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Sweetgrass Burning first release by Blue Hand Books in 2016, Kindle EBOOK 2017

Greenfield, Massachusetts [2016/2017]  -- Blue Hand Books Collective, a small Native American-owned publishing company based in New England, has announced its first title of 2016 is Sweetgrass Burning: Stories from The Rez (in paperback).
This debut narrative fiction by Barbara Robidoux comprises linked short stories about the lives of Indians who live at Northpoint, a fictional reservation in northeastern Maine. Robidoux, who’s lived in Maine on the Passamaquoddy reservation (rez), has Eastern Cherokee (Tsalagi), Italian and Scottish ancestry.
“Robidoux’s book covers the everyday events that confront this (rez) community and its struggles against corporate interests to take over tribal land for profit, the opening and rapid closing of a tribal Bingo hall, and the revenge of three elder ladies who cast their humor and rage against prejudiced neighbors in a non-Indian town which borders the rez,” said Trace Hentz, founder of the Blue Hand Books Collective.  “Her characters open their hearts and tell us sometimes angry and often humorous stories about what it takes to stand by their culture and language in the face of state and federal government pressure to assimilate.
“I am a huge fan of Wes Anderson and her stories remind me of the irresistibly good TV program Northern Exposure.  Her storyline and characters make you feel like you’re there in Maine - it’s that good. You’ll think of Dous, the Snoop Sisters, Molly, Edna and the others long after you finish this book,” Hentz said.
Barbara Robidoux is the author of two books of poetry Waiting for Rain (2007) and Migrant Moon (2012).  Her fiction has appeared in the Denver Quarterly, The Yellow Medicine Review, the Santa Fe Literary Review and numerous anthologies.  Robidoux holds a BA from the University of New Hampshire, an MA from Vermont College and is currently a candidate for an MFA in creative writing from the Institute of American Indian Arts.  She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico where she is currently at work on a full-length novel.
SWEETGRASS BURNING: Stories from the Rez is her first collection of short stories.
Blue Hand Books offers both paperback and e-book formats for readers. Their books are being offered on and in bookstores, other online retailers and e-bookstores.
“We have a lot of exciting things happening at Blue Hand Books,” company founder Trace Hentz said. “2016 will be a banner year and Barbara’s book is the latest “Great Read” to be added to our growing inventory of acclaimed Indigenous authors.”

For more visit information visit the Blue Hand Books website [], or visit the Blue Hand Books Facebook page.
EBOOK ISBN:   0-69237210-5
PAPERBACK ISBN: 978-0692642351
LIST PRICE: $12.95 (ppbk)
$4.99 (ebook)

Advance praise for Sweetgrass Burning:
Barbara Robidoux is a master storyteller. With ease, she weaves together the connections of Native people who have long known one another and their ancestors. The North Point Reserve is a community with open doors, the people inviting us in to feed us their stories. Inside each person’s words is their life as it was in recent years. We travel this map of reservation lives, recognizing the people. Their dwelling places become located in our own hearts. This incredible writer takes us on her journey of humanity and mystery. Along the way, the stories come together with her brilliance, her seeming ease of style. Robidoux has the unique ability to reveal all our strong and broken ways of being in this world. - Linda Hogan author of Dark Sweet, Power, Dwellings, Solar Storms, People of the Whale, The Woman Who Watches Over the World.

In SWEETGRASS BURNING Barbara Robidoux  introduces you to characters so lovable and human you’ll quickly come to call them family.  Navigating the fictional setting of the Northpoint reservation in northeast Maine, Robidoux’s  linked stories powerfully show a community surviving through humor, compassion, cooperation and tradition.
-  Chip Livingston, author of Crow-Blue, Crow Black and Naming Ceremony

Sweetgrass smoke and winter storms haunt Barbara Robidoux’s stories.  Fierce, yet tender, her characters’ struggles with tragic legacies and invasive industries will touch your heart and bring you to the rez in all its complicated, generous glory. -  Eden Robinson, author of Traplines, Monkey Beach and others

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TWO GUNS brings the wild west to life; WRITER ON THE STORM is a laugh-out-loud collection of witty commentary
In a new western fiction “Two Guns” aging gunman John Carrier Steele faces fading health, self-doubts and the toughest job of his career – to tame one last wicked town.
“I moved to Arizona nine years ago, with the intent of living in the west and absorbing as much as I could,” said award-winning author John Christian Hopkins, a member of the Narragansett Indian Tribe of Rhode Island.
A love for the western genre was born into him, he said.
“I remember my Grandma Brown watching westerns on TV with her glasses on upside down, and yelling at the screen to warn Hoss Cartwright that the bad guy was sneaking up behind him,” Hopkins said. “My dad would leave Louis L’Amour or Max Brand books on the kitchen table for me after he was done with them.”
With more than two decades as a professional reporter, Hopkins has a legacy of publishing humorous newspaper columns in papers from Massachusetts to Florida to New Mexico. In the early 1990’s he wrote a nationally syndicated column for Gannett News Service.
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“Writer on the Storm” is a collection of irreverent observations on myriad subjects like the Kardashians, the Navajo,  and Duggars. The book captures the power, humor and sentimentality of Hopkins’ writing. It includes a bonus chapter on the legendary TARZAN BROWN, a famous marathon runner who is John's great-uncle.
“We could not be happier to release both TWO GUNS and WRITER ON THE STORM at the height of book buying season,” said his publisher Lara Trace Hentz. “These books will make great gifts for everyone on your shopping list. John is truly a prolific writer; he just keeps pumping out great books like his hands are on fire.”
Hopkin’s books are being published by Blue Hand Books, a cooperative of Native authors founded in 2011 by Trace Hentz (formerly DeMeyer.) His books are available in paperback edition or as a Kindle e-book through
Hopkins, a member of the Narragansett Indian Tribe of Rhode Island, is a descendant of King Ninigret, patriarch of the tribe’s last hereditary royal family.
Hopkins is an award-winning journalist. He currently lives on the Navajo Reservation with his wife, Sararesa.
His other books include “Carlomagno: Adventures of the Pirate Prince of the Wampanoags,” “Loki: God of Mischief,” “Nacogdoches” and “Rhyme or Reason: Narragansett Poetry.”

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"Once again John Christian Hopkins masterfully weaves a tale of history with heart as he shares this tale of a gunfighter seeking redemption. Hopkins lures readers into putting down their electronic devices in order to delve into life in the Old West." - Stephanie Henningsen, journalist.
"John Christian Hopkins' latest effort gets 'two guns' up! This book is a sure shot!" - Darrell Perry, avid reader
"John Christian Hopkins has a gift for taking historical facts and presenting them in a fictional setting that makes the characters come alive. In Two Guns he continues the tradition...he writes with blazing accuracy about a place that had a lively past, to say the least.  Hopkins reminds us of that with his own unique story telling style." - Bruce MacDonald, journalist

ABOUT WRITER ON THE STORM:  Poopy politicians and head-hurting headlines, all that and more in 60+ short essays by award-winning writer-author-blogger John Christian Hopkins, a member of the Narragansett Tribal Nation of Rhode Island. of the funniest writers in Indian Country? Yes, it's John Christian Hopkins (who happens to be an Indian)
When it hits the fan
When I first heard about what happened in Washington D.C. on September 26, 2012 my initial reaction was that the “stuff” really hit the fan this time.   Two federal employees were injured when a pair of toilets in the General Services Administration headquarters exploded.
Of course my first inclination was to make up some goofy pun about the situation. That was before I realized how serious an event it was. Therefore I decided that since someone had to be the adult in this tragic affair it might as well be me. After all, I am a John myself.
And besides, as a serious journalist, this was one story I couldn’t sit on. I hope I can convince you that explosive latrines are no laughing matter.   I understand how, at first glance, it is tempting to dismiss this event as a “commode-ity” of errors. But this could be a threat to our national security… Please, I implore you, take this fecal matter seriously. It may not be the most pressing problem we face these days, but it’s clearly Number Two.
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 REZ SENSATION: Oglala Lakota author Dana Lone Hill’s debut novel POINTING WITH LIPS hits Amazon and Kindle

GREENFIELD, MA - Native American publishing collective Blue Hand Books has announced that Dana Lone Hill’s sensational fiction novel POINTING WITH LIPS, A Week in the Life of a Rez Chick, debuts on and Kindle in early March 2014. It is now available in the Create Space e-store: buy here
Her first book is already creating a rez sensation with Indian Country media:
“Dana Lone Hill is a powerful new voice from Lakota Country that has so often been confined to historical stereotype or painted in a contemporary setting with a one dimensional brush. Dana shatters those shackles and forms a deeply personal, raw and moving narrative that takes the reader deep into contemporary life on Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, one of the world’s most complex and engaging societies.”  -Steven Lewis Simpson director of the Native films Rez Bomb, A Thunder-Being Nation & The Hub.
“With so much literature out there attempting to portray authentic Native life, it is refreshing to have a work written from the perspective of someone who has actually lived it. This book is essential reading for those attempting to understand the life of Native people living in America.” - Brandon Ecoffey, editor, Native Sun News
“It is rare that you come across a new voice as authentic as Dana Lone Hill. She writes with passion and determination about a side of America that few will ever see. But Lonehill takes you there with emotion and raw power. Pointing With Lips is a startling debut.” - Paul Harris, The Guardian
 “Pointing with Lips by Dana Lone Hill just might be one of the best books I’ve come across—if not the best. A beautiful, entertaining, relatable, inspirational, and so-much-more read, Lone Hill’s poetic yet readable wording makes you feel as if you’re sitting attentively across from her, gripping a cup a coffee waiting for more.” - Patricia Stein, Urban Native Magazine
“As her publisher, we are so thrilled for Dana and her first book depicting the Pine Ridge Indian reservation in South Dakota and the realities of living there,” Trace DeMeyer, founder of Blue Hand Books, said. “This book is a triumph for Dana and for her reservation relatives. It’s so real you forget its fiction, and that’s really good fiction.”
Lone Hill is internationally recognized for her freelance writing in the Guardian newspaper, LAST REAL INDIANS, Lakota Country Times, The Intersection of Madness and Reality, LA Progressive and her popular blog: On Twitter: @JustARezChick.
Lone Hill was interviewed about her new book by the Jay NightWolf Radio program on her birthday on February 28.
[Archive: The NightWolf Show - Fri 28 Feb 2014, (MPEG Layer 3 Audio, 27.5 MB)]

Last Real Indians book review: here  

Kindle ebook is available NOW. Kindle Ebook: $3.99 has BONUS interview with author in ebook! CLICK HERE

The paperback is now on Amazon! (ISBN: 978-1479171989, Price: $15.00 (PAPERBACK). Special price for Kindle edition when you buy the paperback ($1.99).

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 Book Synopsis:
Sincere Strongheart is a modern day rez chick and single mother of three, living on one of the poorest Indian reservations in America.  The novel Pointing with Lips covers a week of her life in Pine Ridge, interacting with many unforgettable characters in her large family. Sincere’s story is funny, raw, sad, even suspenseful, but the main struggle lives inside her as she hopes to overcome the buried demons of her past.



Blue Hand Books releases Narragansett Poetry, Sleeps with Knives, two brand new poetry chapbooks

GREENFIELD, Mass. – Blue Hand Books, a small Native American-owned publishing collective, has two new poetry releases on Amazon; collections from newcomer Laramie Harlow and a new work by John Christian Hopkins.

“Sleeps With Knives,” by Laramie Harlow (Tsalgi-Euro), is a look at the ups and downs of daily life, beginning with her childhood in Wisconsin.
“This may sound funny, but I do not consider myself a poet,” Harlow writes in her preface. “I string together good words like alchemy!”

She has “collected” many names over the course of her life, from married names to nicknames, but the name she's claimed for her poetic side is Sleeps With Knives… “I do call my poet self ‘Sleeps With Knives’ because I have met sharks and monsters,” Harlow explained. This is her first chapbook.

Her work is heartfelt and powerful, as only one who has survived the fiery walls of bitterness that life often throws in our path. There is a poignancy to Harlow’s work, a soft sentiment without seeming maudlin, a striking reality without being harsh. Her collection includes song lyrics from her time as a rock musician.

“We have a lot of exciting things happening at Blue Hand Books,” company founder Trace (DeMeyer) Hentz said. “The new releases, chapbooks by Harlow and Hopkins, are just the latest to be added to our growing inventory.”

“Rhyme or Reason: Narragansett Poetry” is an eclectic collection of serious and humorous poems by John Christian Hopkins (Narragansett).  A deeply personal and touching collection, Hopkins has a heart the size of Texas. His work includes a poem about his relative Tarzan Brown, a famous marathon runner and some old family photos.
“I guess I’ve been a poet ever since I discovered that ‘cat’ rhymed with ‘bat’,” Hopkins said.
For Hopkins, “Rhyme or Reason” is a first foray into poetry. He generally focuses on historical fiction, he said. His other works include “Twilight of the Gods,” “The Pirate Prince, Carlomagno” and “Nacogdoches.”

Blue Hand Books offers both paperback and e-book formats for its readers. For more visit information visit the Blue Hand Books website, or visit its Facebook page.
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We'd like to thank the beautiful and talented Barb Burke for her cover art on these chapbooks - she rocks!

John Christian Hopkins, a member of the Rhode Island Narragansett Indian Tribe, is a descendant of King Ninigret, patriarch of the tribe’s last hereditary royal family. Hopkins is a career journalist who has worked at newspapers across the U.S. and has been a nationally syndicated columnist for Gannett News Service. He and his wife Sararesa live on her Navajo reservation in Arizona.

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PIRATES come to life in remastered fiction by Narragansett author John C. Hopkins

A swashbuckling American Indian takes center stage in “Carlomagno, Adventures of the Pirate Prince of the Wampanoag,” by author John Christian Hopkins (Narragansett).

“Carlomagno,” is being published by Blue Hand Books, a cooperative of Native authors founded in 2011 by Trace DeMeyer.  His book is now available in paperback edition or as a Kindle e-book through

“We are so excited about the release of the newly revised, second edition of “Carlomagno,” DeMeyer said. “John and I agreed we’d add the tribal ancestry of his main character in the title.  John remastered one of his great Native characters.”
Captured during New England’s King Philip’s War, the young son of the Wampanoag sachem is sold into slavery in the West Indies. But he harbors the desire to taste freedom once more, and to return to his woodlands home.
To do so he must escape the chains of his Spanish master, evade the terrible Cimaroons and conquer a land populated by wild beasts, poisonous serpents and man-eating alligators.
If he survives those Herculean labors, Carlomagno’s journey will have only begun—for he must somehow find his way past the savage buccaneers stalking The Spanish Main!
Hopkins, a member of the Narragansett Indian Tribe of Rhode Island, is a descendant of King Ninigret, patriarch of the tribe’s last hereditary royal family.

“I like to blend real history with fiction,” Hopkins says. “What I have done here is to take a child that vanished from history and breathed new life into him.”

Hopkins is an award-winning journalist. He currently lives on the Navajo Reservation with his wife, Sararesa.

His other books include “Nacogdoches” and “Rhyme or Reason: Narragansett Poetry.”  Another of Hopkins’ fiction titles, “TWILIGHT OF THE GODS” is being released as “LOKI: God of Mischief,” in November.

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This book is the story of what could have happened to the Pequot and Wampanoag Indians who were sold into slavery in the West Indies. The grandson of Massasoit, the chief of the Wampanoags, and his mother were captured by the English colonists and sold into slavery. He was only eight years old. After escaping from the plantation owned by a cruel Spaniard, Carlomango runs away for his freedom. The writing is engaging, the dialogue is believable, and the action scenes are framed in real-life settings. This is the kind of book that as a teenager I devoured by the dozens. It harks back to Natty Bumpo, Huck Finn, Tom Sawyer, and the early Faulkner. It will make a good fit to a private holding or a school library. John is to be commended for this book.
- Dean Chavers, Ph. D. Director, Catching the Dream (formerly Native American Scholarship Fund)

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 384 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1492363712
ISBN-10: 1492363715
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“Remedies,” a powerful new work by Patricia Cotter-Busbee is the latest release from Blue Hand Books.
Using an unusual image-driven vignette style, Cotter-Busbee’s latest work of “autobiographical fiction” tells the story of a life pulsating with pain and pride.
Cotter-Busbee describes her creating style as “playing with the edges, melding, contracting, expanding, anchoring, setting boundaries, knowing when to tear down the fence, and when to listen to the sign that says, ‘stay off the grass’.”  
Busbee, an adoptee herself, knows first-hand the longings, musings and unanswerable questions forged from a childhood of doubt.  She has always had a driving desire to discover her own roots. Like the main character in “Remedies,” Cotter-Busbee traced her family roots back to a Native American ancestry.
She now lives in the Asheville, N. C. Seattle area.
Cotter-Busbee is currently working on a second novel, “Forty-Four Houses,” a sequel to “Remedies.”
She is co-author of the 2012 anthology “Two Worlds: Lost Children of the Indian Adoption Projects,” along with award-winning journalist Trace DeMeyer-Hentz. “Two Worlds” is available on Amazon and Kindle.

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The book is now on ISBN: 978-1479171989, Price: $14.99 (PAPERBACK).

Early reader comment:
"Remedies....a fascinating book.  Bold artwork foretell a powerful read.  The author has a creative, playful layout which helps balance misery with humor, strange thinking, and mysticism.  The heroine survives Darkness while hunting the Light.  I look forward to the sequel.....Jaga'de.

Patricia Cotter-Busbee

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OUT OF PRINT (first edtion)
List Price: $15.99 (paperback)  $6.99 Kindle ebook
6" x 9"  358 pages
Blue Hand Books
ISBN-13: 978-0692245880
ISBN-10: 069224588X
TAGS: History / Native American

An important contribution to American Indian history told by its own lost children/adult survivors…
An impressive second anthology of American Indian and First Nations adoptee narratives... Editors Patricia Busbee and Trace A. DeMeyer are writers and adoptees who reunited with their own lost relatives. From recent news about Baby Veronica to history like Operation Papoose, this book examines how Native American adoptees and their families experienced adoption and were exposed to the genocidal policies of governments who created Indian adoption projects.
One quarter of all Indian children were removed from their families and placed in non-Indian adoptive and foster homes or orphanages, as part of the Indian Adoption Projects….. One study found that in sixteen states in 1969, 85 percent of the Indian children were placed in non-Indian homes.
Where are these children now?
This new anthology “CALLED HOME” and the earlier work “TWO WORLDS: Lost Children of the Indian Adoption Projects” are very important contributions to American Indian history. The editors Trace A. DeMeyer and Patricia Busbee, both adoptees, found other Native adult survivors of adoption and asked them to write a narrative. In the part one of Called Home, adoptees share their unique experience of living in Two Worlds, feeling CALLED HOME, surviving assimilation via adoption, opening sealed adoption records, and in most cases, a reunion with tribal relatives. Adoptees who wrote in Two Worlds provide updates in part two. In part three, adoptees still searching for their families share their birth information, date and location. Recent history about the Supreme Court case involving Baby Veronica and The New Normal: DNA is also covered by co-editor Trace DeMeyer.
The new anthology CALLED HOME offers even more revelations of this hidden history of Indian child removals in North America, their impact on Indian Country and how it impacts the adoptee and their entire family.
These unforgettable accounts of Native American adoptees will certainly challenge beliefs in the positive outcomes of closed adoptions in the US and Canada and exposes the genocidal policies of governments who created Indian adoption projects.
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We are honored that these adoptees (or relatives of adoptees) contributed to CALLED HOME:
Suzie Fedorko,  Andrea Hill,  Anecia O'Carroll,   Ben Ani Chosa,
Cynthia Lammers, Debby Poitras, Elizabeth Blake,
Evelyn Red Lodge,   Gail Huggard, Janell Black Owl,   Jessup Fasthorse Neubert, Janell Loos,   Joan Kauppi,
Johnathan Brooks,   Lawrence Sampson, Leland Morrill,   Lynn Grubb, Kim Shuck,   Mark Heiser, Mary St. Martin,   Meschelle Linjean, Patrick Yeakey,   Terry Niska, Thomas Pierce,   Samantha Franklin, Alice Diver,  Leland Morrill, Patricia Busbee (editor),     Trace DeMeyer (editor), Starla Bilyeu,   Douglas LittleJohn,
Mitzi Lipscomb,  Karen Kaminawaish M.A., M.S., Suzanne Zahrt Murphy (poet), Thayla Barrett, Jesse Stonefield, Karen Ann Jefferson,   Levi EagleFeather, Brit Reed,   Catie Ransom,
Kim Dupre,   Karla Mena, Lisa Bos, Drew Rutledge, Michael Pintozzi,   Marylyn Jean Chrismer, Sheryl Lee Sinclair,   Mary Thompson, Amelia Cagle,   and Judi Armbruster (poet) (not an adoptee)


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BECOMING by Laramie Harlow hits Powell Books, Amazon, Kindle, bookstores

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becomingBlue Hand Books, a collective of Native American authors has released a new title BECOMING by Laramie Harlow (Hentz), a follow up to her sensational  poetry chapbook SLEEPS WITH KNIVES.
"Becoming is actually my third book, beginning with One Small Sacrifice," Harlow said. "I've changed my name from Trace DeMeyer to a family name.  I changed so much, this evolving story took time to live and to write.  Some might find it controversial. I don't hide my truth and what I've lived as an adoptee, a wife and a journalist."
Becoming includes 15 prose poems and stories about Harlow's life up to the present.  Her writing about being an adoptee, a Lost Bird, a grandma, a journalist/author/blogger, and the Seven Fires Prophecy is about becoming the change.
The collection offers several touching true short stories about “BECOMING," including Lethal Journalist, her foray into becoming an editor, Terror Bunny, a story she tells her granddaughter, Our Love Story, about her life in Connecticut and meeting her husband Herb Hentz, and Butt Dancer, a funny chapter about her “my bad" birthdays.
"It's a short book but still heavy," Harlow said. "People don't have time to read War and Peace anymore. Time has sped up on everyone, especially me. I wrote this for my family, friends and my grandchildren, so they'd know how much life has changed since my memoir One Small Sacrifice came out in 2009."
“I used to be a rock singer, shop owner, trophy wife, Native history book junkie, journalist, radio show producer. That’s changed like titles change, and names change…. I blog about everything," Harlow writes in the preface.
Woody, the groundhog, in her story Whistling Pig Farm
Woody, the groundhog, in her story Whistling Pig Farm
Harlow put this on the back cover: "What’s in the BOX? Brad Pitt says this in the movie Seven, remember? (Content in the box pushed poor Brad over the edge.) You can say this about what’s in BECOMING.
"Writing about colonizers, Indian Country and ongoing genocide usually gets someone’s head in a tizzy or butt in an uproar. I do that, " Harlow writes.
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Blue Hand Books is a collective of Native American authors who find new readers using social media, publishing paperbacks and ebooks for known and up-and-coming Native authors.  Founded in 2011, Becoming is their 12 published title.  Two new books TWO GUNS and WRITER ON THE STORM by John Christian Hopkins (Narragansett) are coming soon.
The history of Blue Hand Books is included in their new title BECOMING.



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Unforgettable hunting adventures:  OJIWBE  HUNTER



New title published by Blue Hand Books

The Native American publishing collective Blue Hand Books in western Massachusetts has just released its new title Ojibwe Hunter by incarcerated writer James Chavers Jr., a member of the Bois Forte Band in Nett Lake, Minnesota. Publisher Trace A. DeMeyer began working with James Chavers in 2012 to develop a book from his true hunting, trapping and fishing stories (which happened from 1971 to 1988). It is available at the Create Space (Amazon) store (see photo caption above).

“Even though Jim is in prison in Minnesota, I talk to him every week on the phone about our progress with his first book,” DeMeyer said.  “We are very pleased his nephew Charles Grolla contributed different chapters on animals, Traditional Ojibwe Hunting, and a glossary of Ojibwe words for all the animals on their Nett Lake-Bois Fort reservation. I love this book. It’s a real treasure. Jim’s hunting adventures with his little dog Wiggie are unforgettable.”
Raised in the northwoods of Wisconsin, DeMeyer said she enjoyed working on these stories. “My adoptive dad Sev was a hunter-trapper-fisherman so Jim’s hunting stories are so much like my dad’s oral retelling – his tracking deer, his missed shots, the points on the rack of horns on a buck he’d just shot.  Jim has several hundred stories but we’ve selected some of the best for his first book.” 
Chavers’ best friend of 40 years was Vince Shute, a legend in Minnesota.  Shute’s land bordered the Bois Forte reservation in northern Minnesota.  Shute became famous for his daily visitors: wild black bears. There is a black bear sanctuary on Shute’s former home-site in Orr, Minnesota today. “This is where most of the stories take place in Ojibwe Hunter,” DeMeyer said.
In the introduction, Chavers writes, “Over 30 years, I hunted moose, deer, timber wolves, lynx, bobcats, wolverine… and I trapped fisher, rabbit, beaver, otter, muskrat, mink, weasel, raccoon and fox every winter on Vince Shute’s property. I also caught fish so my family ate plenty of walleye, musky, croppies, bass, blue gills, suckers, bullheads, cat fish and sturgeon. My stories take place after I met Vince Shute in 1968 when I was 12 years old.”
For more information, visit and to purchase the paperback or ebook, visit ISBN: 978-1482004977, $9.99 (paperback). (The ebook will be out soon)
Media Contact:, 413-258-0115 (message). 

Jim Chavers Jr. at the signpost for the Bear Sanctuary near his Bois Forte Reservation



Major contribution to Native American history published

TWO WORLDS, Lost Children of the Indian Adoption Projects offers astounding narratives that challenge views on adoption

               After generations of Native children were forcibly removed from their Tribes and placed in residential boarding schools, children were also being placed in closed adoptions with non-Indian families in North America. 

               Finding those children became a mission for award-winning Native American journalist-adoptee Trace A. DeMeyer who started research in 2004 which culminated in her memoir “One Small Sacrifice” in 2010.  DeMeyer was introduced to Cherokee adoptee Patricia Cotter-Busbee, and the collaborated on their new anthology, “TWO WORLDS: Lost Children of the Indian Adoption Projects.”  The book hits Amazon and Kindle in September. (ISBN: 978-1479318285, Price: $19.95 (PAPERBACK), $6.99 (EBOOK). (Published by Blue Hand Books)

               “Readers will be astonished since these narratives document a page of North American history that few even know happened,” DeMeyer said. “Today tribal families hope to reconnect with adoptees but we know closed adoptions were planned to assimilate children, to erase their culture and end contact with their tribe. I started this project in 2008 after my memoir, then adoptees wrote to me.  When I met Patricia in 2010, she shared her own amazing story and I knew she had to be part of this book.”

               A recent MFA graduate of Goddard in writing, Patricia Cotter-Busbee welcomed the chance to contribute and help edit. “I could not resist helping with this important book. I felt that this was the project I had been waiting for. I kept thinking where are all these adult adoptees? I am an adoptee and know how badly I wanted to reconnect with my first families. If 1/4 of all Indian children were removed and placed in non-Indian adoptive homes, these adoptees must be looking for help, trying to open records and find clues to their identity. One study even found in sixteen states in 1969, 85 percent of the Indian children were placed in non-Indian homes. This book will help lost adoptees reconnect.”

               The Lost Children in Two Worlds share details of their personal lives, their search for identity and their feelings about what happened to them.

               “The history of the Indian Adoption Projects is troubling since it was unofficially ethnic cleansing by the US and Canadian governments, and this practice went on for years without public knowledge, but I am happy to report it failed because we are still here and still Indians; and this book explains how we adoptees did it,” DeMeyer said.

               DeMeyer and Busbee agreed that “TWO WORLDS: Lost Children of the Indian Adoption Projects” is an important contribution to American Indian history.  

               “Indigenous identity takes on a whole new meaning in this anthology,” Busbee said, “both for the adoptee and those who adopted them.  Adoptees definitely live in two worlds and we show you how.”

               The book covers the history of Indian child removals in North America, the adoption projects, their impact on Indian Country and how it impacts the adoptee and their families, Congressional testimony, quotes, news and several narratives from adoptees in the US and Canada in the 375-page anthology.

               “Two Worlds is really the first book to debunk the billion dollar adoption industry that operated for years under the guise of caring for destitute Indigenous children,” DeMeyer said. “Readers will be astonished since very little is known or published on this history.”

               DeMeyer lives in western Massachusetts and Busbee lives in North Carolina Washington state.


 Contact: Trace, 413-258-0115, Photos available upon request.

Adoptees in this book are available for interviews.

Early reader comments included:

“…sometimes shocking, often an emotional read...this book is for individuals interested in the culture and history of the Native American Indian, but also on the reading lists of universities offering ethnic/culture/Native studies.”

“Well-researched and obviously a subject close to the heart of the authors/compilers, I found the extent of what can only be described as 'child-snatching' from the Native Americans quite staggering. It's not something I was aware of before…”

“The individual pieces are open and honest and give a good insight into the turmoil of dislocation from family and tribe… I think it does have value and a story to tell. I was affected by the stories I read, and amazed by the facts presented…. because it is saying something new, interesting and often astonishing.”

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Author John C. Hopkins
GREENFIELD, Mass. – Blue Hand Books, a new venture specializing in e-books, is readying to launch its maiden title, “The Twilight of the Gods,” by award-winning journalist John Christian Hopkins.
The release date is Nov. 11, 2011.
“It’ll be special, look for it on 11-11-11,” Blue Hand founder Trace DeMeyer said.  DeMeyer is the former editor for The Pequot Times and author of “One Small Sacrifice: Lost Children of the Indian Adoption Projects,” a book exposing the world of “split feathers,” American Indian adoptees.
Traditional publishing has been experiencing declining sales for several years, DeMeyer said.
“A recent (indicator) came out showing that e-book sales are surpassing traditional paperbacks,” she said.
DeMeyer expects that trend to continue as people move toward technology that allows them to download books onto their personal devices.
“The one constant in the universe is change,” DeMeyer said. “The world of books that many of us grew up with is facing a new challenge now, finding ways to remain relevant.”
The universe is featured in “Twilight of the Gods,” too.
Jaded tabloid reporter Napoleon Marquard is looking into a violent murder at the mysterious Fenris-Wolfe Technology, but the ghastly scene is just the prelude to mayhem – and possibly the end of the world!
Strange events begin to happen ever more frequently and reports from around the world tell of hideous creatures, ominous prophecies and powerful beings from ancient mythologies.
“This is a brilliant piece of writing from one of today’s most interesting Native authors,” DeMeyer said.
John Christian Hopkins is the author of “The Pirate Prince, Carlomagno” (Wampum Books, 2011) and “Nacogdoches” (Publish America, 2004).

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Trace DeMeyer-Hentz, founder, at
Sara Begay-Hopkins, public relations, at

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