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From Very Good to Tragic: What the Mormons Did for Native Children


Editor’s note: This is the final in a three-part series about the Indian Student Placement Program, a foster-care and education program for Native youths administered by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints between 1947 and 2000.

Bennett Jackson clutched a five-dollar bill in one hand and a tortilla stuffed with Spam and potatoes in the other.

At 8, he was the youngest passenger on a bus from Flagstaff, Arizona, to Encinitas, California. The money was the last of his mother’s savings.

“That’s how I knew things were bad,” says Jackson, now 42. “My mom gave me her last five dollars when she said goodbye.”



Reader Comments

downtowndave writes:

It's good to help others. The problem is that Mormonism taught these children about a different Jesus.


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