U.S Senate considers boarding school bill
June 21, 2023
The U.S. government’s Indian boarding school system is the focus of legislation that’s been reintroduced in the U.S. Senate.
For over a century after colonization, thousands of Native American children were taken from their families and put into government or church-run boarding schools as part of a broader effort to assimilate them to adopt Western customs. While some were taken to nearby schools in their area, others found themselves hundreds of miles away from home.
Cultural practices – from long hair to wearing traditional dress – were prohibited. The concept for many school sta...