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Wednesday, September 27, 2023

Ask your relatives: Interested in sharing your Indian boarding school experience?


 “I know that this process will be long and difficult. I know that this process will be painful. It won’t undo the heartbreak and loss we feel. But only by acknowledging the past can we work toward a future that we’re all proud to embrace.”  
— Secretary Deb Haaland

NABS Receives Grant From DOI to Create Permanent Collection of Stories from Survivors of Federal Indian Boarding Schools

Dear Relatives,
 

We are honored to share that NABS received a grant from the Department of the Interior (DOI) to conduct video interviews with Indian boarding school survivors across the United States to create a permanent oral history collection. This effort is part of the DOI’s Federal Indian Boarding School Initiative.
 
NABS sees this Oral History Project as a historic opportunity to highlight the voices of Indian boarding school survivors and the harmful effects of U.S. Indian Boarding School Policy. Through this project, NABS will support the storytelling and healing of survivors which has never been done before in U.S. history. Since NABS was established, we have created spaces where survivors have felt safe to share their experiences. We have sat with them, learned with them, and have been moved by their courage. They are our family.
 
We look forward to working with our relatives across Indian Country in the U.S., empowering them as they share their stories. Our commitment includes offering our love and support throughout this process.

tix̌ix̌dubut (take care of yourself),
 
Tsicyaltsa,
Deborah Parker (Tulalip Tribes)
NABS Chief Executive Officer

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You can help today. The truth about the U.S. Indian boarding schools has largely been written out of the history books. The social, emotional, spiritual, and cultural devastation from boarding school experiences are passed down to Native American individuals, families, communities, and Tribal Nations today. The time for healing these intergenerational traumas is now. Help us work towards truth, justice, and healing.

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