Democrats seek support services for survivors of Native American boarding schools

Lawmakers’ letter prompted by request from National Indian Health Board, a nonprofit that provides health policy research for all 574 federally recognized tribes

By: - August 23, 2021 8:22 am
Gravestones of Native Americans at a Native American boarding school

Gravestones of Native Americans, including children, who died at the Carlisle Indian School, a Native American boarding and industrial school from 1879 through 1918, in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. Native American boarding schools often forced students into mainstream Euro-American culture by forcing them to cut their hair and braids, forcing them to speak only English and forcing children to abandon their own inherited cultures. It gained fame when Jim Thorpe, one of its students, became an Olympic and football and baseball star. Remnants are preserved within the U.S. Army War College. (Courtesy of Carol Highsmith/Library of Congress)

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Allison Winter
Allison Winter

Allison Winter is a Washington D.C. correspondent for States Newsroom, a network of state-based nonprofit news outlets that includes the Idaho Capital Sun.

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