Fronteras: Apache boarding school on national landmark list
Posted: Thursday, March 8, 2012
"The federal government has designated the Theodore Roosevelt School in Fort Apache, Arizona, as a national historic landmark. The school represents a shady chapter of American history between the U.S. government and Indian tribes.
The Theodore Roosevelt School was one of 14 U.S. Army forts redeveloped as a boarding school that sought to assimilate American Indians. Less than a century ago, teachers used severe methods to essentially erase Native language and culture from Indian children.
Historian John Welch says many Native Americans who were forced to attend school there might prefer to forget this place."
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Indian School Makes Historical Landmark List
Ft. Apache earns designation for role in tribal assimilation
(Cronkite News Service 3/8)
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