As an education and advocacy organization, we strive to find resources that help us understand and address historical and intergenerational trauma on a national scale and to make those available to others. However, we know that there are times when our trauma is triggered, and we need immediate assistance. To address these needs, NABS has compiled a list of resources for both immediate assistance (call or text lines where someone can talk with you immediately) and more long-term care (resources for finding care providers who specialize in treating traumatic stress, anxiety, and depression). While trauma has profoundly impacted our lives and families, we also know that these impacts CAN be reversed through trauma-informed support and care. If you are feeling triggered, panicked, or hopeless, you are not alone and help is available.
In the future, NABS hopes to add a member forum to our website where boarding school survivors and descendants will be able to communicate with each other. 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. In addition, NABS is always willing to visit communities and help educate folks on boarding school history, impacts, and healing or enter into tribal consultation for trauma informed programs or research.
We support healing that is led by tribal nations and Native communities and we aim to support that healing in every way possible. We will be continuing to update this list of resources, so if you are a care provider that works with boarding school survivors and descendants and would like to be added as a resource, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Check out our list of resources here.
The following webinar was prepared for our partners at the National Indian Child Welfare Association as a resource on healing.