Survivors of Indian boarding schools share their stories on the Road to Healing tour
On this edition of Your Call, we're discussing the Road to Healing tour, an initiative organized by Interior Secretary Deb Haaland to hear from survivors of Indian boarding schools. The tour kicked off on July 9 in Oklahoma and is expected to run through next year.
The United States operated or actively supported 408 Indian boarding schools between 1819 and 1969, according to the Federal Indian Boarding School Initiative Investigative Report. More than 150 were run by churches, about half each by Catholic and Protestant groups, according to the National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition.
By 1926, 60,889, or nearly 83 percent of Indian school-age children, attended boarding schools. Many were sexually abused, beaten for speaking their language, and stripped of their culture and traditions. What does healing and justice mean to survivors and their descendants?
Jim Labelle, Sr., Inupiaq, member of the Native Village of Port Graham, first Vice President of the National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition, and retired professor of Alaska Native studies at the University of Alaska, Anchorage
Indian Country Today: Road to Healing: Deb Haaland pledges boarding school truths will be uncovered
The New York Times: Report Catalogs Abuse of Native American Children at Former Government Schools