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Friday, July 23, 2021

Lost Lives, Lost Culture

(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
children.
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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Detailed discussion of the Bering Strait theory and other scientific theories about the population of the modern-day Americas is beyond the scope of this essay. However, it should be noted that Indian people have expressed suspicion that DNA analysis is a tool that scientists will use to support theories about the origins of tribal people that contradict tribal oral histories and origin stories. Perhaps more important,the alternative origin stories of scientists are seen as intending to weaken tribal land and other legal claims (and even diminish a history of colonialism?) that are supported in U.S. federal and tribal law. As genetic evidence has already been used to resolve land conflicts in Asian and Eastern European countries, this is not an unfounded fear.

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