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.
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!
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 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.