Survivors of Indian boarding schools discuss healing & accountability
On this edition of Your Call, we continue our conversation about the Road to Healing tour, an initiative organized by Interior Secretary Deb Haaland to hear from survivors of Indian boarding schools.
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. Many children who attended these schools were forced to cut their hair, beaten for speaking their language, and sexually abused.
We’re speaking with three survivors who recently shared their stories to find out more about how their lives and families have been affected by their experiences. What does healing and accountability look like?
Indian Country Today: Road to Healing: Deb Haaland pledges boarding school truths will be uncovered
The Salt Lake Tribune: Navajo women speak about experiences at Native American boarding schools
The Atlantic: The Traumatic Legacy of Indian Boarding Schools