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Episode 3: Boarding School Generations
In this webinar, Dr. Brenda Child will discuss how boarding school experiences changed for different generations of survivors. Dr. Child is Northrop Professor and Chair of the Department of American Studies at the University of Minnesota and former chair of the Department of American Indian Studies. She is the author of several books on American Indian history, including: Boarding School Seasons: American Indian Families, 1900-1940, which won the North American Indian Prose Award; Holding Our World Together: Ojibwe Women and the Survival of Community; and Indian Subjects: Hemispheric Perspectives on the History of Indigenous Education (with Brian Klopotek). Her 2014 book My Grandfather’s Knocking Sticks: Ojibwe Family Life and Labor on the Reservation won the American Indian Book Award and the Best Book in Midwestern History Award. She is a member of the board of trustees of the National Museum of the American Indian-Smithsonian and past president of the Native American & Indigenous Studies Association. Child is an enrolled member of the Red Lake Ojibwe Nation in northern Minnesota where she is also on the committee writing a new constitution for the 12,000-member nation.
Episode 4: American Indian Boarding School Stories from the 19th and 20th Centuries
In this webinar, Dr. K. Tsianina Lomawaima will discuss the roles of personal stories and oral histories in boarding school research. Dr. Lomawaima is Mvskoke/Creek (unenrolled) and a Professor in the School of Social Transformation at Arizona State University. Dr. Lomawaima has been a scholar of Indigenous Studies since earning the Ph.D. in 1987 from Stanford University. Her scholarship on the federal off-reservation boarding school system is rooted in the experiences of her father, Curtis Thorpe Carr, a survivor of Chilocco Indian Agricultural School in Oklahoma, where he was enrolled from 1927 to 1935. Her books include “To Remain an Indian”: Lessons for democracy from a century of Native American education (Outstanding Book Award, American Educational Research Association); Uneven ground: American Indian sovereignty and federal law (with David E. Wilkins); Away from home: American Indian boarding school experiences (with Margaret Archuleta and Brenda Child); and They called it Prairie Light: The story of Chilocco Indian School (North American Indian Prose Award, American Educational Association Critics’ Choice Award).