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Trace L. Hentz (formerly DeMeyer) is former editor of the Pequot Times in Connecticut and editor/co-founder of Ojibwe Akiing in Wisconsin.  She worked as staff writer at News From Indian Country 1996-1999. Her writing, interviews and poetry have been published in newspapers and journals in the USA, Canada and Europe. She is the founder of Blue Hand Books, a publishing collective she started for other Native authors in 2011. She has been a panelist and presenter on the topic of Indian Adoption at many universities in the U.S and Canada. A mix of American Indian (Shawnee-Cherokee) and French Canadian-Cree-Irish, Trace is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Superior with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, and lives in Greenfield her husband Herb, former GCC Director of Admission.

Known for her exceptional print interviews with Leonard Peltier, John Trudell and Floyd Red Crow Westerman, Trace Lara Hentz (who legally dropped the name DeMeyer in 2014) started intensive research on adoptees in 2004. Her memoir ONE SMALL SACRIFICE was a ground-breaking exposé on the systematic removal of American Indian children from their mothers, families and tribes for adoption to non-Indian families while she weaves in her own personal story. Her adoptee journey takes her around the country, finally meeting her birthfather in 1994 and learning about her mixed ancestry (Cherokee-Shawnee-Delaware-French Canadian.) Trace is former editor of tribal newspapers the Pequot Times and Ojibwe Akiing. She has contributed to adoption anthologies: Lost Daughters, Adoption Reunion in the Age of Social Media, and Adoptionland: From Orphans to Activists. In 2013, she was co-editor of the anthology Unraveling the Spreading Cloth of Time: Indigenous Thoughts Concerning the Universe with MariJo Moore. The blog American Indian Adoptees [] ranks in the top 100 adoption blogs and has reached over three-quarters of a million views in 2017.

In 2017, Trace contributed poetry to Tending the Fire: Native Voices and Portraits. 

Published on 4-20-16 (Book 3 in Lost Children of the Indian Adoption Projects series)

Her Books:

One Small Sacrifice | Disappeared (coming soon)

Sleeps With Knives (coming soon)

Becoming as Laramie Harlow (out of print)

4 part Book Series on Lost Children

She has also contributed to the following:
Adoption Reunion in the Age of Social Media:  Her Chapter: Finding Earl

Lost Daughters anthology:  Trace contributed a Chapter MENDING THE HOOP…Lost Daughters: Writing Adoption from a Place of Empowerment and Peace (anthology) The Lost Daughters anthology features a collection of writings aimed to bring readers the perspectives of adopted women and highlight their strength, resiliency, and wisdom. Amanda Woolston is the primary editor for this anthology was published through CQT Media and Publishing and LGA, Inc. in January 2014.  [Kindle Edition].

Adoptionland: From Orphans to Activists [Ever wondered what it’s like to be adopted? This anthology begins with personal accounts and then shifts to a bird’s eye view on adoption from domestic, intercountry and transracial adoptees who are now adoptee rights activists. Along with adopted people, this collection also includes the voices of mothers and a father from the Baby Scoop Era, a modern-day mother who almost lost her child to adoption, and ends with the experience of an adoption investigator from Against Child Trafficking. These stories are usually abandoned by the very industry that professes to work for the “best interest of children,” “child protection,” and for families. However, according to adopted people who were scattered across nations as children, these represent typical human rights issues that have been ignored for too long. For many years, adopted people have just dealt with such matters alone, not knowing that all of us—as a community—have a great deal in common.]


Unraveling the Spreading Cloth of Time

By Trace A. DeMeyer- Hentz (founder of Blue Hand Books)

Last year well-known poet-author MariJo Moore (who lives in North Carolina and was mentored by Vine Deloria Jr.) contacted me and invited me to co-edit a new anthology about quantum physics and thoughts about this "time" we are experiencing and how Indigenous people view the universe.

MariJo put out a call for Native American writers and many responded immediately with essays, poems and stories. Forty Native writers from across the world participated and this collection is dedicated to the late literary genius Vine Deloria, Jr. who himself has a extraordinary essay about quantum physics in this book. 

MariJo is also an artist and created the beautiful mosaic for the cover and now our book is available and can be purchased as an ebook and paperback on Amazon and from

I was so honored she asked me - and happy to be able to write about my own experience studying quantum physics and healing. For this book, I wrote an essay FOUR SOULS. I learned from many teachers over a long time and felt it was time to share these stories.

We need to connect with our souls especially now - many many people feel that this period of time is important and worldwide our human feelings are rapidly changing. Indigenous People have long told stories to keep balance and command respect of our planet MOTHER EARTH. I do believe the Mayan were suggesting a new mindset for all of us - a greater belief that we are all connected as humans on this planet and related to every living thing.

The Lakota use the phrase: Mitakuye Oyasin which means we are all related. Indeed we are all related and sharing this planet.

This anthology contributors: Suzan Shown Harjo, Gabriel Horn, John Trudell, Dean Hutchins, Lois Red Elk, Suzanne Zahrt Murphy, Amy Krout-Horn, Jack D. Forbes, John D. Berry, Sidney Cook Bad Moccasin, III, Trace A. DeMeyer, Clifford E. Trafzer, William S. Yellow Robe, Jr., Bobby González, Duane BigEagle, Carol Bachofner, Lela Northcross Wakely, Georges Sioui, Keith Secola, Mary Black Bonnet, Kim Shuck, Trevino L. Brings Plenty, Dawn Karima Pettigrew, Stephanie A. Sellers, Natalie Kindrick, Basil H. Johnston, Barbara-Helen Hill, Alice Azure, Phyllis A. Fast, Doris Seale, Terra Trevor, Denise Low, Vine Deloria Jr., Jim Stevens, ire’ne lara silva, Susan Deer Cloud, Odilia Galván Rodríguez, Tiokasin Ghosthorse, Tony Abeyta, and MariJo Moore.

''All the tribes say the universe is just the product of mind … It fits perfectly with the Quantum. Indians believe the universe is mind, but they explore the spiritual end of it, not the physical end.”  -Vine Deloria Jr. (from the introduction in new anthology)


“Unraveling the Spreading Cloth of Time offers a very clear contrast between the Western science view of the cosmos as an object for study -- something external to the scientists -- and the Native American view of each person being a participating part of a dynamical, living web of connections. This anthology will be very useful in opening up readers to a vision and experience of the Native American worldview, which is presented expertly throughout the text as one of flux and change.” - Dr. F. David Peat, Theoretical Physicist, founder of the Pari Center for New Learning in Italy, and author of Blackfoot Physics and Science, Order and Creativity (with David Bohm)

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Trace's book One Small Sacrifice and Blue Hand Books is mentioned on page 40! REALLY Nice!
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Street Photographer Vivian Maier, discovered
Geek Mythology
Renaissance Reads
Boy Scout Stuff
MTV's Glory Days
Interview with Thomas Steinbeck
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