In between : too White to be Indian, too Indian to be White
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This thesis is a work of creative nonfiction. As a memoir, its purpose is to reveal the lived realities of being born into an American Indian family, then removed from that family, citing 'neglect', and adopted and raised by a white couple, who lived in predominantly white, conservative communities. This work explores the unique aspects of my life between 1959 and 2013 that were affected by this placement, such as fitting into or not fitting into both white and American Indian communities, as well as trying to navigate the racial discord between the two, while at the same time navigating the ...