John Smelcer: Binghamton University creative writing professor and Alaskan native - Release - Pipe D
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to Debbie Reese
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What if instead of thinking of John Smelcer as your enemy and someone to discredit, you became a supporter of his writing. I know the man. He's a very kind, compassionate, loyal, and generous friend. The books you've slammed like The Great Death was the product of years of his full-blood grandmother and her older sister telling him the story of their lives around 1920 or so. I've met both these grand old ladies. John and I once went to Morrie Secondchief's cabin to get her caribou permit so that we could shoot a caribou for her. John told the story with heartfelt love and respect. He speaks the language fluently, that's where the Native words came from. In act, his grandmothers were among the dozens of elders who taught him to speak Ahtna. The myths in the book were told to him by elders over decades. Why not do something rare in humanity--admit that you may have been wrong about him and tell the world that his novels are worth reading?

JOHN SMELCER . CLAIM TO NATIVE IDENTITY AND THE RIGHTS OF AN ADOPTED CHILD
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Originally posted by blackfeet1954 at JOHN SMELCER . CLAIM TO NATIVE IDENTY AND THE RIGHTS OF AN ADOPTED CHILD
JOHN SMELCER'S CLAIM TO NATIVE IDENTITY AND THE RIGHTS OF AN ADOPTED CHILD
The John Smelcer case is complex and controversial. In 1994 John Smelcer was recruited by the University of Alaska Anchorage as an Alaskan Native, the university made the assumption he was blood native. Once it was discovered that he was the adopted son on an Alaskan Native he was force to resign. If Mr. Smelcer had proper legal advice he may have sued and won the case. According to Alaskan State Adoption laws (Alaska Stat. 25.23.130) – “A final decree of adoption creates the relationship of parent and child between petitioner and the adopted person, as if the adopted person were a legitimate blood descendant of the petitioner, for all purposes including inheritance.”
US Federal Adoption/ Inheritance laws states: “The adopted child is treated by law as the natural child of the adopting parents”

There are several bloggers who have proclaimed John Smelcer is NOT Native”. They are entitled to make that proclamation but statement is incorrect. According to Federal Laws and Alaskan laws John Smelcer is Native. If he had been adopted by a Chinese family he could legally claim he is Chinese, or if he had been adopted by an African American family he could have claimed he is African American.

An Adopted Child has these rights:
An adopted child has no legal obligation to disclose to anyone one that he or she is adopted.
An adopted child can claim the blood lineage of the adopted parent.
An adopted child can legally inherit from an adopted parent.
There is no legal obligation to disclose that they were an adopted child to an employer.

The only people who need to know are the adopted person’s doctor, spouse or partner and any offspring. These should be notified for medical reasons.

In short, it is no one's business. One Native blogger has written in several blog entries and has made public statements about this adoption case. She believes she needs to address Native fakes in literature. That is her right and obviously there is a need for that vigilance. However she should be aware that, like it of not, John Smelcer is an Alaskan Native. She also needs to acknowledge his right NOT to disclose that he may have been adopted. It is his business and his right.

http://www.johnsmelcer.com/Ethnicity_UAA.html

http://americanindiansinchildrensliterature.blogspot.com/2009/10/who-is-john-smelcer-author-of-trap-and.html

JOHN SMELCER . CLAIM TO NATIVE IDENTITY AND THE RIGHTS OF AN ADOPTED CHILD
blackfeet1954
JOHN SMELCER'S CLAIM TO NATIVE IDENTITY AND THE RIGHTS OF AN ADOPTED CHILD
The John Smelcer case is complex and controversial. In 1994 John Smelcer was recruited by the University of Alaska Anchorage as an Alaskan Native, the university made the assumption he was blood native. Once it was discovered that he was the adopted son on an Alaskan Native he was force to resign. If Mr. Smelcer had proper legal advice he may have sued and won the case. According to Alaskan State Adoption laws (Alaska Stat. 25.23.130) – “A final decree of adoption creates the relationship of parent and child between petitioner and the adopted person, as if the adopted person were a legitimate blood descendant of the petitioner, for all purposes including inheritance.”
US Federal Adoption/ Inheritance laws states: “The adopted child is treated by law as the natural child of the adopting parents”

There are several bloggers who have proclaimed John Smelcer is NOT Native”. They are entitled to make that proclamation but statement is incorrect. According to Federal Laws and Alaskan laws John Smelcer is Native. If he had been adopted by a Chinese family he could legally claim he is Chinese, or if he had been adopted by an African American family he could have claimed he is African American.

An Adopted Child has these rights:
An adopted child has no legal obligation to disclose to anyone one that he or she is adopted.
An adopted child can claim the blood lineage of the adopted parent.
An adopted child can legally inherit from an adopted parent.
There is no legal obligation to disclose that they were an adopted child to an employer.

The only people who need to know are the adopted person’s doctor, spouse or partner and any offspring. These should be notified for medical reasons.

In short, it is no one's business. One Native blogger has written in several blog entries and has made public statements about this adoption case. She believes she needs to address Native fakes in literature. That is her right and obviously there is a need for that vigilance. However she should be aware that, like it of not, John Smelcer is an Alaskan Native. She also needs to acknowledge his right NOT to disclose that he may have been adopted. It is his business and his right.

http://www.johnsmelcer.com/Ethnicity_UAA.html

http://americanindiansinchildrensliterature.blogspot.com/2009/10/who-is-john-smelcer-author-of-trap-and.html

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