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September 30 – National Day of Remembrance for U.S. Indian Boarding Schools

Along with our relatives in Canada, we will be honoring September 30 as a National Day of Remembrance for Indian Boarding Schools. We are encouraging Native communities, as well as non-Native allies, to hold healing-informed events honoring boarding school survivors and call for accountability of the Federal Indian Boarding School policies.

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Donations for the Boarding School Descendant Scholarships Will Be Matched Until Sept. 30!

Thanks to a generous gift, all donations made through September 30, 2021 will be matched up to $30,000. Please consider donating to support our boarding school healing scholarship fund!

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NABS Presses for Trauma-Informed Resources for Boarding School Survivors

NABS and its partners have urged Congressional leaders to advocate for more mental health supports and trauma resources as further revelations emerge during the Department of Interior’s Federal Indian Boarding School Truth Initiative. Read our statement on the recent letter from Congressional leaders to the Indian Health Service and other federal agencies. 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.


  • Healing-Informed Events to Honor Boarding School Survivors
    For many years, the National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition (NABS) has worked to open up healing spaces for boarding school survivors, their descendants, and many others impacted by the legacy of Indian boarding schools in the U.S. These healing spaces have looked different […]