Healing is integral to survivors of Indian boarding schools, their families, and Tribal Nations. In order to heal, we must address the ongoing legacy of harm created by Indian boarding schools while also holding space for survivors to grieve, be cared for, and be loved. NABS is creating healing spaces for survivors and Indigenous peoples, grounded in traditional practices and values. We do this work through hosting healing webinars, in-person events, documenting the stories of boarding school survivors, and more.
NABS accepted a grant from the Department of the Interior (DOI) to conduct video interviews with Indian boarding school survivors across the United States to create a permanent oral history collection. The unprecedented effort is part of the DOI’s Federal Indian Boarding School Initiative.
We support healing that is led by Tribal Nations and Native communities, and we aim to support that healing in every way possible. As a community, it’s important that we support each other as relatives as we heal from the collective, profound trauma of U.S. Indian boarding schools.
Healing Voices is a video project that captures the strength and resiliency of our elders. We gratefully acknowledge all of the boarding school survivors who have shared their knowledge and strength with NABS and we look forward to sharing more of these stories through this video collection.
NABS works with Tribes and communities to better understand survivors’ healing needs. These types of consultations are integral to addressing the ongoing legacy of Indian boarding schools and their impacts on individuals, families, and tribal communities.
The Boarding School Healing Coalition has helped facilitate Gatherings of Native Americans (GONAs) in several tribal communities. We work with your tribal community and Tribal Tech, LLC through SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) to customize a Boarding School Healing event to meet your needs.