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NABS Board of Directors Announces New Executive Leadership

Deborah Parker and Samuel Torres

The Board of Directors for the National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition (NABS) is thrilled to announce the appointment of Deborah Parker (Tulalip Tribes) to the position of Chief Executive Officer and Samuel Torres, Ed.D. (Mexica/Nahua) to the position of Deputy Chief Executive Officer.

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NABS Will Collaborate with Department of the Interior on Federal Indian Boarding School Initiative

 

The National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition (NABS) is pleased to announce the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Department of the Interior to mutually share research to support the Department of the Interior’s Federal Indian Boarding School Initiative (Initiative). Interior Secretary Deb Haaland announced the Initiative on June 22, 2021. The Initiative is a significant first step for the United States government to begin acknowledging the traumatic history of Indian boarding schools.

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Coalition Urges Support for Bill Establishing a Truth and Healing Commission on Indian Boarding School Policies in the U.S.

Support the truth and healing commission.

The National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition (NABS) supports the introduction of the bill for a Truth and Healing Commission on Indian Boarding School Policies in the U.S. Act. Today, we are honoring a National Day of Remembrance for U.S. Indian Boarding Schools and calling for a full accounting of the devastating impacts of the Indian boarding school policies that tore away generations of Native American children from their families and communities.

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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 & BOARD MEMBER FOR NABS

The Need For EDUCATION

The truth about the US Indian boarding school policy has largely been written out of the history books, and we still don’t know how many students attended. Many have estimated that there were nearly 500 government-funded Indian boarding and day schools across the US in the 19th and 20th centuries, and NABS has identified 357 boarding schools alone. In boarding schools, 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.


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  • NABS Board of Directors Announces New Executive Leadership
    Dear Relatives, Sharing warm greetings and a blessed new year to you all. On behalf of the Board of Directors for the National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition (NABS), I am extremely thrilled to announce the appointment of Deborah Parker (Tulalip Tribes) to the position of Chief […]