Sandra White Hawk is a Sicangu Lakota adoptee from the Rosebud Reservation, South Dakota. She is the founder and Director of First Nations Repatriation (FNRI), 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.
She is an Indian Child Welfare Consultant for Hennepin County, Minneapolis, MN Indian Child Welfare Unit and the National Child Welfare Capacity Building Center for Tribes.
Sandra is a contributing author to: The Kinship Parenting Toolbox, edited by Kim Phagan-Hansel; Truth Healing Reconciliation CW 360, a comprehensive look at prevalent child welfare issue, March 2015 issue; Outsiders Within, J. J. Trenka, J. C. Oparah & S. Y. Shin (Eds.); Outsiders Within: Writing on Transracial Adoption Cambridge, MA, South End Press; and Parenting as Adoptees, Adam Chau, Kevin Ost-Vollmers (Editors).
Sandra served as a Commissioner for the Maine Wabanaki State Child Welfare Truth and Reconciliation Commission. She also serves as an Honorary Witness for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission on Residential Schools in Canada.
Sandra was awarded the Women in Wellbriety Dana Tiger Award for Creating Change in Nations, named one of the Innovators in Color Lines Magazine, named one of the 50 Visionaries Who are Changing Your World, Utne Reader, named Outstanding Native Women Award from the University of Minnesota 2003 and was named 50 Most Influential and Cool People of Madison, WI, in Madison Magazine, November 2002.