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The Indigenous Boarding Schools and Multigenerational Trauma

In this presentation, Jerilyn DeCoteau (Turtle Mountain Chippewa) summarizes the history of the United States Indian Boarding School policy and offers an understanding of its devastating effects and what it may take to heal. The assimilationist purpose of the schools, to “kill the Indian, save the man,” was literally implemented, as demonstrated by historical statements and documents, photographs, and the testimony of boarding school survivors. In these schools, all evidence of Indigenous culture – such as long hair, clothing, names – was destroyed and replaced, and any hint of cultural practice – language, ceremony, social interaction – was forbidden and severely punished. Family and societal bonds were broken through separation by long distances and time, often many years. Intergenerational trauma equal to the cultural devastation inflicted on boarding school survivors, their families, and Indigenous communities is the legacy left by boarding schools. The first step toward healing and right relationship is telling the truth and acknowledging the harm.

When: Tuesday, March 1 at 6pm MT Where: Online - Click Here to Register


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