Leaders Respond to Federal Indian Boarding School Investigative Report, Call it ‘Monumental’

May 16, 2022 | by Darren Thompson | Native News Online

Native woman holding her daughter

The US government’s public presentation of the Federal Indian Boarding School Initiative Investigative Report on May 11 is being called “historic” and “monumental.” It is the first time the federal government has admitted to funding and supporting Indian boarding schools and the resulting separation of children from their families. Those who spent their childhoods in these schools survived abuse and loss of their language, culture, identity, and land. The schools are blamed for intergenerational trauma and the deaths of up to tens of thousands of Indigenous children. Minnesota Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan, an enrolled citizen of the White Earth Band of Ojibwe, said, “Too many do not know about this painful chapter in our history. It is time to tell the whole truth and address the impact federal boarding schools have had in Native communities—the link to disparities in health, education, child welfare, and many others.”

Read the full article here and the 106-page report here.