For three and a half years Arla worked for the first truth commission in the US, established to investigate what happened to Native children in the child welfare system in Maine. After a year and a half as a volunteer for the Communications Committee, she became the Community Engagement Coordinator for Maine-Wabanaki REACH (Reconciliation, Engagement, Advocacy, Change and Healing.)
Is a coalition of Native and Non-Native people who developed and seated the Maine Wabanaki-State TRC, readied the communities for the work of the Commission and are continuing to implement the recommendations of the Maine Wabanaki-State TRC today. As the Community Engagement coordinator Arla helped develop presentations to educate the Non-Native communities about the TRC and create trainings for Maine citizens to become allies.
Here in Pennsylvania, I continue to work toward truth, healing and change in regard to our shared history with Indigenous Peoples. I'm a member of the Native Awareness Committee of The Peace Center in Langhorne, PA where we have offered educational presentations. As a member of the Peace and Social Justice Committee of Doylestown Friends Meeting, I have made a presentation to the Bucks Quarterly Meeting and the Abington Presbyterian Church. On Nov 2nd I will be making a presentation to the United Friends School in Quakertown, PA.