Indian Boarding Schools
Native American children were forced into boarding schools, taken away from their parents & beaten for speaking their language or practicing their tribal ways. My grandma & grandpa were taken from their parents and placed in boarding schools. I've heard the horrific things that happened to them there. - comment by previous pinner
CHICKASAW BOARDING SCHOOLS The Chickasaw people viewed education as essential to their continuing success in negotiations with the United States government. Nevertheless, Congress passed the Indian Removal Act in 1830, and in 1837 the Chickasaw people were forcibly relocated to the Indian Territory (present Oklahoma).
there were 12 to 14 million people in 1492 in what is now the contiguous United States. In 1900, only 250,000 remained. In 300 years, 99.6 percent of Indian people had been annihilated. “That is a holocaust beyond comprehension.” There has been less than one percent population growth in the last 100 years. In Canada, the death rate of Indian children in residential schools was at least twice that of Auschwitz. “The residential schools were more intentionally murderous.”
The federal government began sending American Indians to off-reservation boarding schools in the 1870s, when the United States was still at war with Indians. Army officer, Richard Pratt, founded the first of these schools, based on an education program he had developed in an Indian prison. He (said)... a dumb general said that the only good Indian is a dead one... that all the Indian there is in the race should be dead. Kill the Indian in him, and save the man."
Alice Charley (StuYat) lived in hiding for 18 years to escape being sent to a white boarding school where her language and culture would be stripped away. Born in 1909, Alice lived with two grandaunts in Spearfish, on the Columbia River. Alice never enrolled in the Yakama Tribe as a child. Without tribal identification, she eluded agents as they swept homes for children. She immersed herself in her Native culture, learning five dialects, scraping hides and gathering food.
this is probably one of the most depressingly heart-wrenching photos I've ever seen. Native American children taken from their familis and put into school to assimilate them into white society. the slogan for this governmental campaign '"kill the Indian to save the man". no official apology has ever been issued. never forgotten.
The movie, We Were Children (Canadian residential school system) ... In this feature film, the profound impact of the Canadian government’s residential school system is conveyed through the eyes of 2 children who were forced to face hardships beyond their years. We Were Children gives voice to a national tragedy and demonstrates the incredible resilience of the human spirit.
Students, Carlisle Indian School by DickinsonLibrary, via Flickr Pinned by indus® in honor of the indigenous people of North America who have influenced our indigenous medicine and spirituality by virtue of their being a member of a tribe from the Western Region through the Plains including the beginning of time until tomorrow.