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NABS Supports Federal Indian Boarding School Investigation

Image of children's shoes placed on the steps of the Vancouver Art Gallery as a memorial to the 215 children whose remains were found at a residential school in Kamloops.
The recent discovery of children buried in unmarked graves in residential schools in Canada has prompted calls to action in both Canada and the United States.  Image Source: (Ben Nelms/CBC)

NABS Supports Federal Indian Boarding School Investigation and Calls for a Congressional Truth Commission.

Read the full statement here.


The National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition (NABS) is growing and we are excited to introduce our newest team members. With this dedicated team of professionals, we are committed to advancing the movement for #TruthAndHealing. Read More



Minneapolis, Minn. – The National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition (NABS) announces the commencement of a ten-year strategic plan (2020-2030) designed to strengthen the organization as it continues to grow into the future. In its first few years of execution, the plan will be supported through a $10M grant recently awarded to NABS by the Kendeda Fund. Read More

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 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.


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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