More: boarding schools

Mary Annette Pember: Catholic Church took $30 million in trust funds from Indian students
Mary Annette Pember: Catholic Church took $30 million in trust funds from Indian students (July 7, 2020)

The impacts of the Indian boarding and day school era extend beyond the emotional, physical and sexual abuse suffered by students. The financial toll, it turns out, was heavy as well.


Tim Giago: Reflections on Father’s Day
Tim Giago: Reflections on Father’s Day (June 17, 2020)

With a holiday called Father’s Day here I must reflect on the different path most Native Americans had to follow as fathers.


Tim Giago: Why did the Native Americans convert to foreign religions?
Tim Giago: Why did the Native Americans convert to foreign religions? (March 9, 2020)

The invading Christians labeled the indigenous people as heathens. They set out with a vengeance to cleanse the land of these heathens.


Tim Giago: Charles Trimble's passing leaves a big hole in the world of Native journalism
Tim Giago: Charles Trimble's passing leaves a big hole in the world of Native journalism (March 3, 2020)

When Charles Trimble first showed up at the boarding school on the Pine Ridge Reservation, he was dropped off by his mother.


Tim Giago: Learning a trade at the boarding school
Tim Giago: Learning a trade at the boarding school (March 2, 2020)

Everybody who came to the Holy Rosary Mission Boarding School on the Pine Ridge Reservation worked.


Ivan Star Comes Out: Forced assimilation has successfully weakened Lakota people
Ivan Star Comes Out: Forced assimilation has successfully weakened Lakota people (February 24, 2020)

Ten years attending an on-reservation parochial residential school shaped the rest of my life.


NEPA and the Sioux San
NEPA and the Sioux San (January 21, 2020)

Big changes are in the works at an urban Indian Health Service hospital in South Dakota. Did you know about it?


Oneida Nation visionary Rick Hill honored at Lakota National Invitational
Oneida Nation visionary Rick Hill honored at Lakota National Invitational (December 23, 2019)

As Native students bounced basketballs and veterans carrying flags lined up for grand entry, a documentary film crew took to the court to honor the late Rick Hill, a leader from the Oneida Nation.


Native language bill clears final hurdle in divided political climate
Native language bill clears final hurdle in divided political climate (December 10, 2019)

It took awhile in this era of divided government but the first stand-alone Indian bill of the 116th Congress is one step closer to becoming law.


Indian child welfare legal challenge is about ending tribal sovereignty
Indian child welfare legal challenge is about ending tribal sovereignty (November 25, 2019)

Before the Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978, more than a quarter of American Indian and Alaska Native children were removed from their homes.


'A true story from Dakota eyes': Shakopee Tribe shares its culture with the world
'A true story from Dakota eyes': Shakopee Tribe shares its culture with the world (September 30, 2019)

The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community is telling is own story at a new cultural center and museum on the reservation.


Victor Swallow: Thoughts on aging
Victor Swallow: Thoughts on aging (September 30, 2019)

We elderly have stories to tell. Stories about the hardships we endured.


An apple is what grows on a tree
An apple is what grows on a tree (September 12, 2019)

There are no true traditionalists left in Indian Country to put it bluntly.


Tim Giago: Is there a correlation between historic trauma and PTSD?
Tim Giago: Is there a correlation between historic trauma and PTSD? (September 9, 2019)

Too many people, especially non-Natives say, 'Get over it.' If only it was that simple. One does not take centuries of trauma and get rid of it overnight.


Native Sun News Today Editorial: Taking back our Indian education system
Native Sun News Today Editorial: Taking back our Indian education system (August 20, 2019)

The educational system on the Indian reservations across America have always operated at the whims of the federal government.


Tim Giago: Music and movie nights on the Pine Ridge Reservation
Tim Giago: Music and movie nights on the Pine Ridge Reservation (August 8, 2019)

Times were really tough on the reservation after the war, but these kind and gentle people found the time and the money to make Sunday nights their own.


Indian Country Today: 'Stringing Rosaries' focuses on Indian boarding schools
Indian Country Today: 'Stringing Rosaries' focuses on Indian boarding schools (July 25, 2019)

Denise Lajimodiere has kept her promise to Indian boarding school survivors with this sacred oath of a book.


Rep. Deb Haaland: President Trump is not indigenous to this land
Rep. Deb Haaland: President Trump is not indigenous to this land (July 23, 2019)

Indian policy throughout history was meant to exterminate us, but we are still here.


Sen. Mike Rounds: Showing RESPECT to Native Americans
Sen. Mike Rounds: Showing RESPECT to Native Americans (July 17, 2019)

Throughout history, Native Americans have been subjected to federal laws that are offensive, immoral and outright racist.


Tara Pretends Eagle Weber: History is repeating itself when it comes to genocide
Tara Pretends Eagle Weber: History is repeating itself when it comes to genocide (July 4, 2019)

I am a survivor of genocide, a direct descendent of Pretends Eagle, a documented survivor of The Battle at Little Bighorn.


Cronkite News: Educators work to include tribal history in classrooms
Cronkite News: Educators work to include tribal history in classrooms (July 1, 2019)

The Teacher Institute program gives educators a better understanding of American Indian history, culture and art.


YES! Magazine: Truth and reconciliation for Indian child welfare
YES! Magazine: Truth and reconciliation for Indian child welfare (June 25, 2019)

For more than 100 years, Native children in Maine were removed from their homes by state authorities and placed with White families in an attempt to erase their indigenous identity.


The Conversation: Rethinking Canada through Indigenous hockey
The Conversation: Rethinking Canada through Indigenous hockey (May 28, 2019)

If hockey is to bring people together and foster what’s best about Canada, it needs to reckon with a history of racism and settler colonialism.


Cronkite News: Hopi journalist Patty Talahongva shares her story
Cronkite News: Hopi journalist Patty Talahongva shares her story (May 22, 2019)

'People don’t know our history, and sometimes our people don’t even know our own history.'


Tim Giago: Boarding school survivors deserve long overdue compensation
Tim Giago: Boarding school survivors deserve long overdue compensation (May 20, 2019)

I speak as an abused boarding school survivor. I was there; I saw it, I felt it, and I recovered from it.


House subcommittee hearing focuses of safety at Indian boarding schools
House subcommittee hearing focuses of safety at Indian boarding schools (May 16, 2019)

'No more of our children should die due to negligence of the schools,' a grieving parent says.


Ivan Star Comes Out: The education system was designed to kill the Indian
Ivan Star Comes Out: The education system was designed to kill the Indian (May 1, 2019)

I dropped out of school while so many went on to become 'educated,' or is it appropriate to say assimilated.


Technology revitalizes Native American boarding school exhibit at the Heard
Technology revitalizes Native American boarding school exhibit at the Heard (March 12, 2019)

The Heard Museum in Arizona highlights the personal stories of students who attended Indian boarding schools.


Mary Annette Pember: My mother died while surviving civilization
Mary Annette Pember: My mother died while surviving civilization (March 8, 2019)

Thousands of Native American children were forced to attend boarding schools created to strip them of their culture. My mother was one of them.


Arne Vainio: Finding those connections to our family's history
Arne Vainio: Finding those connections to our family's history (March 7, 2019)

I always think when you’re finding your family history, you want there to be a haunted Scottish castle on a moor and maybe some kind of lost treasure.


Steven Newcomb: We the people of the dominated Native nations
Steven Newcomb: We the people of the dominated Native nations (February 11, 2019)

Native nations need a path to liberate themselves from the U.S.’s claim of a right of oppression over them.


Ivan Star Comes Out: Colonialism robbed Indian people of our land and culture
Ivan Star Comes Out: Colonialism robbed Indian people of our land and culture (February 6, 2019)

Why do we, as members of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, continue to endure needless suffering on and around the Pine Ridge Reservation?


Mary Annette Pember: #MAGA youth and the Catholic Church's legacy in Iudian Country
Mary Annette Pember: #MAGA youth and the Catholic Church's legacy in Iudian Country (February 4, 2019)

It’s time the students who mocked and disrespected an elder of the Omaha Nation learn the whole truth of this history.


Tim Giago: The governor of Virginia is in a heap of trouble over racist photo
Tim Giago: The governor of Virginia is in a heap of trouble over racist photo (February 4, 2019)

Ralph Northam wasn’t calling for genocide against anyone, but he was being stupid.


Native Sun News Today: Survivors of Indian school abuse lobby for changes in law
Native Sun News Today: Survivors of Indian school abuse lobby for changes in law (January 15, 2019)

The 9 Little Girls abuse survivor advocacy group wants justice and healing for the many who suffered during the boarding school era.


Author's grandparents stood up to 'colonial power' in early 1900s
Author's grandparents stood up to 'colonial power' in early 1900s (December 13, 2018)

Legendary Native leaders Henry and Elizabeth Cloud are the focus of a new book authored by their youngest grandchild.


Tim Giago: Christmas at a boarding school on the Pine Ridge Reservation
Tim Giago: Christmas at a boarding school on the Pine Ridge Reservation (December 10, 2018)

We Lakota celebrate Christmas because it was an important part of our culture to give and share gifts on special occasions.


Native Sun News Today: Sisters share stories of abuse at Indian school
Native Sun News Today: Sisters share stories of abuse at Indian school (November 27, 2018)

The 9 Little Girls abuse survivor advocacy group wants justice and healing for the many who suffered during the boarding school era.


Tim Giago: Bartering for butter at the Indian boarding school
Tim Giago: Bartering for butter at the Indian boarding school (November 19, 2018)

None of us Indian boarding school boys ever forgot about how we bartered with cubes of butter.


Arne Vainio: Let's make sure our votes count in this election
Arne Vainio: Let's make sure our votes count in this election (November 5, 2018)

My grandfather's vote would have mattered. My vote matters. Your vote matters.


Leader of Bureau of Indian Education was investigated for misconduct
Leader of Bureau of Indian Education was investigated for misconduct (September 6, 2018)

Two new reports detail 'unusual' and questionable behavior by the highest-ranking education official at the Bureau of Indian Affairs.


Tim Giago: Indian Country's dirty laundry remains a secret
Tim Giago: Indian Country's dirty laundry remains a secret (August 20, 2018)

There is a lot of dirty laundry hidden away in a hamper and stashed in dark basements across Indian Country.


U.S. Army looking for families of children buried at boarding school
U.S. Army looking for families of children buried at boarding school (August 13, 2018)

The U.S. Army is reaching out to Indian Country to help identify tribal youth who died while attending the infamous Carlisle boarding school.


YES! Magazine: Schools offer sensitive care for Native students
YES! Magazine: Schools offer sensitive care for Native students (August 13, 2018)

Students in Native communities are disproportionately affected by trauma.


James Giago Davies: My mother found sanctuary in a boarding school library
James Giago Davies: My mother found sanctuary in a boarding school library (July 31, 2018)

Born at Wounded Knee in 1930, Ethel Giago had her feet in two different worlds. Books transported her to new ones.


Ivan Star Comes Out: We need to give our children a real 'Indian' education
Ivan Star Comes Out: We need to give our children a real 'Indian' education (July 24, 2018)

Native graduates ought to know that the word 'education' masks the horrid reality of the boarding school era which their ancestors endured.


Mark Maxey: Indigenous children have long been separated from their families
Mark Maxey: Indigenous children have long been separated from their families (July 2, 2018)

Many Indigenous Nations and citizens believe that nothing has changed in over 400 years


'This is still Indian Country': Indian lawmakers trash Trump's immigration policy
'This is still Indian Country': Indian lawmakers trash Trump's immigration policy (June 22, 2018)

Indigenous families are being separated at the border, Native lawmakers said, calling on tribal citizens to fight the Trump administration's 'zero tolerance' policy.


'Never Again': Trump administration revives boarding school era
'Never Again': Trump administration revives boarding school era (June 21, 2018)

The Trump administration’s actions are an attempt to write another chapter of the boarding school era, this time for immigrant families.


'Open our communities to them': Doug George-Kanentiio on refugees
'Open our communities to them': Doug George-Kanentiio on refugees (June 21, 2018)

We must not permit these Native children to be tossed about the country, living in fear.


Aaron Payment: Innocent children victmized again by our government
Aaron Payment: Innocent children victmized again by our government (June 20, 2018)

There are so many parallels to the current crisis of internment of innocent immigrant children with Indian boarding schools and forced reservation policy.


'Locked in cages': James Singer on forced separation of families
'Locked in cages': James Singer on forced separation of families (June 20, 2018)

Immigrant children and families being separated by our government is a despicable policy and must stop now.


'I am not shocked': Harold Frazier on forced separation of families
'I am not shocked': Harold Frazier on forced separation of families (June 19, 2018)

At what point does the United States have to realize they are the bad guys?


Mark Trahant: Indian Country remembers the trauma of forced separation
Mark Trahant: Indian Country remembers the trauma of forced separation (June 19, 2018)

Indian Country remembers. This is not the first administration to order the forced separation of families.


Mark Charles: Separating families of color is a long tradition in America
Mark Charles: Separating families of color is a long tradition in America (June 18, 2018)

Throughout our history, the United States has used the separation of families as a means of controlling people of color.


Four children who died at Indian boarding school being returned to families
Four children who died at Indian boarding school being returned to families (June 15, 2018)

Four students who died at the Carlisle Indian Industrial School in Pennsylvania are being returned to their tribal families.


Deb Haaland's great-grandfather was taken from family and sent to boarding school
Deb Haaland's great-grandfather was taken from family and sent to boarding school (June 7, 2018)

Deb Haaland is connecting with voters by linking her Laguna Pueblo background to her progressive Democratic campaign in New Mexico.


Secretary Zinke suggests sending children from troubled homes to boarding school
Secretary Zinke suggests sending children from troubled homes to boarding school (May 30, 2018)

The leader of the Department of the Interior has an interesting response to the substance abuse crisis: send kids from troubled homes to an Indian boarding school far away.


Mark Charles: I see Trump's definition of greatness and I don't want any part of it
Mark Charles: I see Trump's definition of greatness and I don't want any part of it (May 29, 2018)

I would much rather work towards a future where We the People finally means All the People.


School on Pine Ridge Reservation immerses children in Lakota culture
School on Pine Ridge Reservation immerses children in Lakota culture (May 22, 2018)

A school on the Pine Ridge Reservation is immersing children in Lakota culture, turning the tide against genocide and trauma.