Confronting the bitter legacy of boarding schools in the United States is about more than just reconciliation and healing. It’s also about accountability. American Genocide, the new podcast by Illuminative, zeroes in on the Red Cloud Indian Boarding School, which is now a Catholic school on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. It sparks the difficult conversation about the past and present trauma perpetrated on Native children and who should have a say in how it’s spoken.
Crystal Echo Hawk (Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma), executive director of Illuminative and co-host of the American Genocide podcast
Break 1 music: Healing Song (song) Red Hawk Medicine Drum (artist) New Beginnings (album)
Break 2 music: Beautiful Flower (song) Cree Confederation (artist) Kihtawasoh Wapakwani (album)