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Democrats To Unveil Bill Addressing Government's Cultural Genocide Of Native Americans

 

September 30, 2020

Bill Clark via Getty Images Rep. Deb Haaland (D-N.M.), one of two Native American female lawmakers to have ever served in Congress, is introducing a bill holding the U.S. government accountable for its Indian boarding school policy.

Rep. Deb Haaland (D-N.M.) and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) will introduce legislation Tuesday to make the federal government address the "intergenerational trauma" it has caused for Native Americans with its former Indian boarding school policy, a nearly century-long policy of forcibly removing Indigenous children from tribal lands and putting them into boarding schools to be assimilated into white culture.

Their bill, the Truth and Healing Commission on Indian Boarding School Policy Act, would create a first-of-its-kind U.S. commission to document and acknowledge the past injustices of the government's "cultural genocide and assimilation practices." The commission would enlist Congress to come up with recommendations for improving public awareness and education on the government's former policy.

The issue is personal for Haaland, who is one of just two Native American women to ever serve in Congress. Her grandparents were taken away to attend boarding schools.

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/deb-haaland-elizabeth-warren-indian-boarding-schools-tribal-issues_n_5f735d51c5b6f622a0c57283

 

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