US government forcibly took Native American children to boarding schools
Tribal leaders are set to testify on Capitol Hill after a new report from the Interior Department revealed that tens of thousands of Native American children were forcibly taken from their families for 150 years and sent to boarding schools.
From 1819 to 1969 the United States operated 408 Indian boarding schools in 37 states.
The schools held up to 1,000 students each. Investigators confirmed at least 500 children died while attending, but experts say the real number could be in the thousands or tens of thousands.
The report says the schools tried to quote “assimilate” the children using identity-alteration methodologies. That includes renaming the Indian children with English names, cutting their hair, preventing them from speaking their own language or practicing their religion, and forcing them to participate in military drills.
Haaland says: “As the federal government moved the country west, they also moved to exterminate, eradicate, and assimilate Native Americans, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians.”
Children who broke the rules were subject to punishments including solitary confinement, flogging and withholding food.
Boarding school survivors are testifying before congress about creating a truth and healing commission. Straight from DC, I’m Ray Bogan.