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    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — An investigative report from the Department of Interior (DOI) has identified 21 federal Indian boarding school sites in Minnesota. On Wednesday, Secretary of Interior Deb Haaland and Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs Bryan Newland released Volume 1 of the report as part of the Federal Indian Boarding School Initiative, a comprehensive effort to “address the troubled legacy of federal Indian boarding school practices.” READ MORE: Native Americans Call On State Lawmakers To Build New Community FacilitiesStarting in the late 1800s, Native American children were forcibly taken from their families and placed in boarding schools, where they were stripped of their Native traditions and language. Nationally, the investigation found that, between 1819 and 1969, the federal Indian boarding school system consisted of 408 federal schools across 37 states, including 21 schools in Alaska and seven in Hawaii. The boarding schools are no longer in operation. “The consequences of federal Indian boarding school policies—including the intergenerational trauma caused by the family separation and cultural eradication inflicted upon generations of children as young as 4 years old—are heartbreaking...
    FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Deb Haaland is pushing the U.S. government to reckon with its role in Native American boarding schools like no other Cabinet secretary could — backed by personal experience, a struggle with losing her own Native language and a broader community that has felt the devastating impacts. The agency she oversees — the Interior Department — released a first-of-its-kind report this week that named the 408 schools the federal government supported to strip Native Americans of their cultures and identities. At least 500 children died at some of the schools, but that number is expected to reach into the thousands or tens of thousands as more research is done. “We are uniquely positioned to assist in the effort to undercover the dark history of these institutions that have haunted our families for too long,” she said Wednesday during a news conference. “As a pueblo woman, it is my responsibility and, frankly, it’s my legacy.” The U.S. government hasn’t been open to investigating itself to uncover the truth about boarding schools that operated from the late 18th century...
    FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Deb Haaland is pushing the U.S. government to reckon with its role in Native American boarding schools like no other Cabinet secretary could — backed by personal experience, a struggle with losing her own Native language and a broader community that has felt the devastating impacts. The agency she oversees — the Interior Department — released a first-of-its-kind report this week that named the 408 schools the federal government supported to strip Native Americans of their cultures and identities. At least 500 children died at some of the schools, but that number is expected to reach into the thousands or tens of thousands as more research is done. “We are uniquely positioned to assist in the effort to undercover the dark history of these institutions that have haunted our families for too long,” she said Wednesday during a news conference. “As a pueblo woman, it is my responsibility and, frankly, it’s my legacy.” The U.S. government hasn’t been open to investigating itself to uncover the truth about boarding schools that operated from the late 18th century...
    By Felicia Fonseca | Associated Press FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — A first-of-its-kind federal study of Native American boarding schools that for over a century sought to assimilate Indigenous children into white society has identified more than 500 student deaths at the institutions, but officials expect that figure to grow exponentially as research continues. The Interior Department report released Wednesday expands to more than 400 the number of schools that were established or supported by the U.S. government, starting in the early 19th century and continuing in some cases until the late 1960s. The agency identified the deaths in records for about 20 of the schools. The dark history of Native American boarding schools — where children were forced from their families, prohibited from speaking their languages and often abused — has been felt deeply across Indian Country and through generations. Many children never returned home, and the Interior Department said that with further investigation the number of known student deaths could climb to the thousands or even tens of thousands. Causes included disease, accidental injuries and abuse. “Each of those children...
    RIVERSIDE (CBSLA) – For decades, Native American children attended federally-run boarding schools where they were forced to assimilate, an ugly truth in American history. The Sherman Indian School Cemetery in Riverside, Calif. November 2021. (CBSLA) In June, U.S. Interior Secretary Deb Haaland announced a federal investigation into the troubled legacy and history of these Indian boarding school abuses. Ten of those schools were located in California, including the Sherman Institute in Riverside. Sixty-five Native American children who attended the Sherman Institute are buried at the Sherman Indian School Cemetery in Riverside. “It’s very emotional to be here,” California state Assemblymember James Ramos (D-Highland) told CB2’s Lesley Marin. The Sherman Institute was one of more than 350 Native American boarding schools that were run by the federal government from the late 1800s to the 1970s. The goal of these schools was to assimilate Native children. As Capt. Richard Henry Pratt, who opened the first school, once infamously said in 1892, “Kill the Indian in him…and save the man.” “Anything Indian, anything culture, your language, your hair, your different style of dress,...
    GENOA, Neb. (AP) — Researchers say they have uncovered the names of 102 Native American students who died at a federally operated boarding school in Nebraska. The Omaha World-Herald reports that the discovery comes as ground-penetrating radar has been used in recent weeks to search for a cemetery once used by the school that operated in Genoa from 1884 to 1934. So far, no graves have been found. The Genoa school was one of the largest in a system of 25 federally run boarding schools for Native Americans. The dark history of abuses at the schools is now the subject of a nationwide investigation. Margaret Jacobs, co-director of the Genoa Indian School Digital Reconciliation Project, said some of the names identified so far might be duplicates, but the true death toll is likely much higher. Jacobs said that many of the children died of diseases including tuberculosis. Some other deaths such as a drowning were reported by newspapers at the time. When the school closed, documents were either destroyed or scattered across the country. Locating them has...
    A Canadian priest said more than a century of abuse of indigenous children at residential schools - where more than 1,000 graves have been found since May - is 'fake news.'   Father Rhéal Forest went on to accuse survivors of lying about sexual abuse to get money from court settlements during a July 10 mass at St. Emile Roman Catholic Church in Winnipeg.    'If they wanted extra money, from the money that was given to them, they had to lie sometimes - lie that they were abused sexually and, oop, another $50,000,' Forest said. 'So it's kind of hard if you're poor not to lie but all the ones I met said they liked the residential schools.'  Eight days later, during a July 18 sermon, he said he wanted to shoot church vandals with a shotgun.  The Manitoba archdiocese has since been made aware of his comments and banned him from publicly teaching, and the St. Emile Church removed the videos of his sermons.  Father Rhéal Forest, pictured here in March 2013, said he wanted to shoot church vandals...
    (CNN)After a First Nations community used ground-penetrating radar to discover more than 200 unmarked graves at an Indigenous residential school in Canada, the US Secretary of the Interior, Deb Haaland, announced in late June that she was launching the Federal Indian Boarding School Initiative. It would investigate the policies and practices behind a similar Native boarding school system in the US that was meant to forcibly assimilate Indigenous youth into White, western American society. Daniella Zalcman These schools, which the US government first opened in 1879, were the sites of physical, cultural, psychological and emotional violence perpetrated against Indigenous children. They continue to operate to this day, though no longer with the mandate of eradicating Indigenous culture and identity. Their initial stated mission, as documented in the Civilization Fund Act of 1819, was to introduce the "habits and arts of civilization" to Native Americans, while the US government worked to dispossess them of their lands as rapidly as possible -- a reality that former Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs Kevin Grover acknowledged more than 20 years ago, when he...
    (CNN)The remains of 10 children and young adults who died at a Pennsylvania boarding school for Native Americans more than a century ago are expected to be exhumed and returned to their families, according to the Office of Army Cemeteries.The Carlisle Indian Industrial School was the first off-reservation boarding school for Native American children, and was built on the abandoned Carlisle Barracks, according to the National Museum of the American Indian and the U.S. Army War College. The college now occupies the site.The disinterment comes after the remains of at least 215 children were found buried near a residential school for Indigenous children in Canada. On Tuesday, Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland announced the Federal Indian Boarding School Initiative, which will investigate the United States' legacy of placing Native American children in boarding schools.Interior Department will investigate Indigenous boarding schools and identify burial sitesAt least 189 students were buried at the Carlisle Indian Industrial School's cemetery, according to the Carlisle Indian School Digital Resource Center at nearby Dickinson College.Read MoreThe children and young adults were already known to be...
    More On: native americans These schools with Native American mascots may face big budget cuts Canadian tribal chief, survivors ‘raw and hurting’ over mass grave of Indigenous kids Battered Montana tribal councilwoman ‘left for dead’ inside hotel room Rick Santorum speaks on ‘disappointing’ CNN firing: ‘I have no animus’ ​The federal government will investigate its role in operating Native American boarding schools to uncover the “unspoken traumas of the past” involving policies that forcibly removed children from their parents and communities to assimilate them to US culture, the Interior Department secretary has announced. “I come from ancestors who endured the horrors of Indian boarding school assimilation policies carried out by the same department that I now lead,” Deb Haaland, the first Native American to serve as a Cabinet secretary, said on Tuesday. “To address the intergenerational impact of Indian boarding schools and to promote spiritual and emotional healing in our communities, we must shed light on the unspoken traumas of the past, no matter how hard it will be,” she said. The review, which will be conducted under...
    Clarence Smith was fresh off a 24-hour bus trip from his Blackfeet reservation in Montana to the Flandreau Indian School in South Dakota in the late 1980s, where he was sent by his family in the hope he would receive a better education.  "On one of the first days of class, a white social studies teacher stood before our class and told us that we were lucky Columbus had found us, because otherwise we would still be living in teepees," Smith said.  He gazed down at the pair of Los Angeles Lakers sneakers he got just for his new school. If it weren't for Columbus, he would still be in moccasins, he recalls thinking. Many years would pass before Smith began reeducating himself or, as he puts it, finding his own history.  Flandreau, which declined comment, is one of at least 73 Native American schools out of an original 367 still in operation across the United States, according to researchers at the National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition.  Institutional silence  One academic researcher contends that as many as 40,000...
    (CNN)The Department of Interior is launching an initiative to investigate the Native American boarding schools that forced assimilation in the 19th and 20th centuries. "At no time in history have the records or documentation of this policy been compiled or analyzed to determine the full scope of its reaches and effects. We must uncover the truth about the loss of human life, and the lasting consequences of the schools," Interior Secretary Deb Haaland said Tuesday.Haaland announced the Federal Indian Boarding School Initiative during her remarks at the National Congress of American Indians' midyear conference. The announcement comes weeks after the discovery of the remains of more than 200 children on the grounds of a former Indigenous boarding school in Canada renewed calls for accountability there and in the United States. Unthinkable discovery in Canada as remains of 215 children found buried near residential schoolIn the 19th and 20th centuries, Indigenous children and teens in both countries attended boarding schools, many run by religious organizations or the federal government. Read MoreIn the US, the schools were part of a campaign by...
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