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From: Feisty Old Broad Shorty (TOILETHEA1) DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by hostMay-11 12:35 PM 
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U.S. counts Indian boarding school deaths for first time, but leaves key questions unanswered

The Interior Department documented more than 500 deaths of Indigenous children, but it's far from a complete count. "We have a long way to go," one expert said.

At least 500 Native American, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian children died while attending Indian boarding schools run or supported by the U.S. government, a highly anticipated Interior Department report said Wednesday. The report identified over 400 schools and more than 50 gravesites and said more gravesites would likely be found.

The report is the first time in U.S. history that the government has attempted to comprehensively research and acknowledge the magnitude of the horrors it inflicted on Native American children for decades. But it falls well short of some independent estimates of deaths and does not address how the children died or who was responsible. The report also sheds little new light on the physical and sexual abuse generations of Indigenous children endured at the schools. 

The report and an accompanying news release acknowledge the harms to Indigenous children but stop short of offering an apology from the federal government, which tribal leaders have been requesting for decades. Last month, Pope Francis apologized for the Catholic Church’s role in Canada’s boarding school system, and First Nation leaders there are asking him to apologize in person when he visits the country this summer. 


Interior Secretary Deb Haaland said in Wednesday’s news release: “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 and undeniable. We continue to see the evidence of this attempt to forcibly assimilate Indigenous people in the disparities that communities face.” 



From: Feisty Old Broad Shorty (TOILETHEA1) DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by hostMay-12 5:04 AM 
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NOTE; Arizona, where I am, had one such school here in Phoenix.  I know where it was, I've seen it before it was closed and torn down.

'Our children had names': New report outlines grim legacies of Indian boarding schools

The languages, cultures and history of Native American tribes were "targeted for destruction" by federal Indian boarding schools, Interior Secretary Deb Haaland said Wednesday, and some of the children who attended those schools never made it home.

Haaland, whose grandparents were taken to boarding schools at the age of 8, said her agency had begun the work of chronicling the worse of the abuses and trying to find out what happened to the students who were lost in the system, an attempt to "honor our trust obligations to Indigenous communities."

The secretary made her remarks as the Interior Department released its first report on Indian boarding schools and their impacts on Native peoples throughout the United States.

The report is the first step in the Federal Indian Boarding School Initiative, a series of examinations into the generational impact of 408 federal boarding schools and more than 1,000 religious and privately run schools upon Native peoples, and how to address those impacts. More than 50 of those schools, including the Phoenix Indian High School, were located in Arizona. 

The report also included schools in Alaska and Hawaii as well as 89 additional schools that received no federal funding at all. 

Deborah Parker, the CEO of the National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition, spoke during an often-tearful press conference outlining the report's release and next steps.

"Our children had names," Parker said. "Our children had homes. They had families. They had their languages, their regalia, their prayers and religions." 

But as Parker, a member of the Tulalip Tribes, pointed out, a system of federal, private and religious-run boarding schools over more than 150 years did its best to wipe out thousands of years of Native languages, cultures and family ties. The damage done to these children, and to the generations that followed, was immense, she said.

Said Dakota Sioux historian Jeanne Eder Rhodes: "If you want to change the culture, the first thing you do is take away their children and put them where they can't access their culture."

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From: Feisty Old Broad Shorty (TOILETHEA1) DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by hostMay-12 6:10 AM 
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This makes me sad and angry.  I passed this "school" many times, honestly thinking the chilren were getting a good education.  Like what happened in Canada, it looks like the same happened here.  I can never look at that property the same way any more, it's much more then just land to me.  It's the saddest property in Phoenix.


From: Feisty Old Broad Shorty (TOILETHEA1) DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by hostMay-12 8:50 AM 
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Oklahoma home to more Indian boarding schools than any state

The federal government said that unmarked burial sites were found at more than 50 Indian boarding schools.

Oklahoma was home to more Indian boarding schools than any other state.

The federal government said that unmarked burial sites were found at more than 50 Indian boarding schools. They also said more than 500 children died while at these schools and they expect that count to go up.

Seventy-nine of those were in Oklahoma, which is the most out of any state.

KOCO 5 has been going through a 100-page report that says physical, sexual and emotional abuse took place at these boarding schools for decades.

Boarding schools from across the country received federal funding from 1819 to 1969. The US Interior Secretary Deb Haaland was the first Native American to serve in the cabinet in US History and said these federal policies attempted to wipe out native identity, language and culture.

The report said these schools used military sites and were designed to separate a child from their reservation, family, language and culture and were even forced to cut their hair.

The report also said police forcibly removed children from their homes to take them to the schools.

In the conclusion, it says the department expects the approximate number of Indian children who died at the boarding schools will be in the thousands or tens of thousands.



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