(click) New York Times: “Lost Lives, Lost Culture: The Forgotten History of Indigenous Boarding Schools” (USA)
The discovery of the bodies in Canada led Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland, the first
Native American to head the department that once ran the boarding schools in the United
States — and herself the granddaughter of people forced to attend them — to announce that
the government would search the grounds of former facilities to identify the remains of
That many children died in the schools on this side of the border is not in question. Just last
week, nine Lakota children who perished at the federal boarding school in Carlisle, Pa., were
disinterred and buried in buffalo robes in a ceremony on a tribal reservation in South Dakota.
Many of the deaths of former students have been recorded in federal archives and
newspaper death notices. Based on what those records indicate, the search for bodies of
other students is already underway at two former schools in Colorado: Grand Junction Indian
School in central Colorado, which closed in 1911, and the Fort Lewis Indian School, which
closed in 1910 and reopened in Durango as Fort Lewis College.
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