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BREAK THE SILENCE, BEGIN THE HEALING.

Working for Truth, Healing, and Reconciliation for
Boarding School Survivors and Descendants.

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The Need For Healing

The social, emotional, spiritual, and cultural devastation from boarding school experiences have passed down to Native American individuals, families, communities and Tribal Nations today. The time for healing inter-generational trauma is now.

“Our grandmothers are just now talking about the pain they experienced at Indian Boarding Schools”

— Sarah Eagle Heart, CEO, Native Americans in Philanthropy

The Need For EDUCATION

The truth about the US Indian boarding school policy has largely been written out of the history books. There were nearly 500 government-funded, church-run Indian Boarding schools across the US in the 19th and 20th centuries. Indian children were forcibly abducted by government agents, sent to schools hundreds of miles away, and beaten, starved, or otherwise abused when they spoke their native languages.

The Need For ADVOCACY

Truth. Healing. Justice. Reconciliation. These words carry different meaning for Americans today, depending on what side of history you hail from. If you’re Native American, you know that Justice in Indian Country cannot be fully realized without a major shift in our national narrative. Namely, that the U.S. has never accepted responsibility for its Boarding School experiment—the forced removal of our children, the prohibition of our language and culture, and the violation of our human, civil, and indigenous rights.

“The fate of the many Indigenous children who never returned home after forced removal by the US to Boarding Schools, including those in the many unmarked graves at former Boarding School sites, remains an ongoing human rights violation under international law.”

— Andrea Carmen, Executive Director, INTERNATIONAL INDIAN TREATY COUNCIL.


FROM OUR HEALING VOICES BLOG

  • What About the Children Buried at Carlisle Boarding School
    Carlisle: The Icon of an Era In 1879 the first American Indian children arrived at Carlisle Boarding School. The school would remain open for 39 years and some 12,000 children would be sent there for forced assimilation. This was the beginning of the US Boarding School Era—the federal government’s […]