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.
NABS has built trust within the American Indian and Alaska Native community with our experience in collecting survivors’ stories in a healing-informed way. Since our inception, we have demonstrated exceptional care and respect in working with survivors in healing spaces, finding the sharing of one’s lived experience to be of critical importance in their journeys. The courage of Indian boarding school survivors has inspired others to come forward in recent years, and many continue to express their desire to share their stories, often for the first time.
To hear stories of strength and resiliency from survivors and descendants, we invite you to visit our Healing Voices and Voices From Pezihutaziziz Oyate: Boarding School Histories resources.
We look forward to continuing our work with survivors and ensuring they feel empowered and respected throughout the process of sharing their stories. Most importantly, we will ensure that they receive the love and care necessary throughout the engagement with our oral history project.
NABS will begin sharing dates, locations, and scheduling interviews this Fall. If you would like to be contacted about how to share your Indian boarding school experience, click the "Interview Sign-Up" button below. If you would like to receive updates about this historic oral history project, click the "Receive Future Updates" button below.
“This historic project is a lifeline to preserving the voices and memories of Indian boarding school survivors."
-Deborah Parker (Tulalip), NABS Chief Executive Officer