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The U.S. Department of Interior released its much-anticipated report chronicling a century and a half of widespread abuses at federally sanctioned boarding schools. Interior Secretary Deb Haaland now promises a year-long tour of the country, establishing an oral record, from a Native viewpoint, of a devastating period in history. As important and historic as the DOI report is, how much confidence should we put into the federal government’s role in mitigating the trauma?
endawnis Spears (Dine, Ojibwe, Choctaw, and Chickasaw), Tribal Community Member in Residence for the Native American and Indigenous Studies Initiative at Brown University, co-director of the Upstander Academy, and co-founder of the Akomawt Educational Initiative
Barbara Landis, retired Carlisle Indian School research specialist for the Cumberland County Historical Society
Dr. Samuel Torres (Mexica and Nahua), deputy chief executive officer for the Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition
Break music: Calvin Jumping Bull’s Memorial Song (song) Porcupine Singers (artist) Alowanpi – Songs Of Honoring – Lakota Classics: Past & Present, Vol. 1 (album)
Crystal Nelson says
You’re an excellent conversationalist, Shawn Spruce. Gunalchéesh (Thank you) for the work you do to bring topics like this forward.