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Native American culture feels effects of boarding schools decades after system closed


Paul Raphael was just a kid in first grade when it happened.

He attended the Holy Childhood of Jesus School in Harbor Springs — a boarding school among hundreds nationwide that operated for more than a century — where Native American children were sent to become “civilized” by nuns.

The nuns were teaching table manners. One asked: What happens after you butter your bread and cut it into four pieces?


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