Indian Boarding Schools: Readers Ask Us

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We compile the questions our readers ask us about Indian boarding schools and offer answers as reported by our team.

My mother went to boarding school. She has passed. How will this survey and legislation help the children of those who have attended these schools? It’s generational.

Based on the findings of the initial investigative report, Interior Secretary Deb Haaland and Deputy Secretary Bryan Newland embarked on a year-long tour to hear directly from survivors and their descendants about the impact of boarding school. on their families and communities.

The so-called Road the Healing Tour began last month in Caddo County, Oklahoma. In the coming months, Haaland will travel to Hawai’i, Michigan, Arizona and South Dakota as part of The Road to Healing Tour in 2022. More states will be announced for 2023.

The idea is that once the government documents the extent of the impact residential schools have had on Indigenous communities today, they will be better equipped to deal with the spiritual, economic and physical results.

For example, paraphrasing New Mexico Senator Ben Ray Luján’s remarks during a Senate committee hearing on the residential schools inquiry report last month, the government needs to know how much money it spent on residential schools. Indians in order to know the cost of investing in revitalizing the native languages, traditions and culture that he tried to erase.

How can I get a copy of the report, which I’m sure answers many questions I have. Thanks.

The Bureau of Indian Affairs released the Federal Indian Residential Schools Initiative’s investigation report into its website on May 11, 2022, including profiles and Maps of each school.

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