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Concordia College experts hope to shed light on generational trauma caused by Native American boarding schools


Dancers take the floor in a blur of color and pageantry during the fourth annual Fargo-Moorhead Crossroads Powwow on Oct. 5, 2019, in Scheels Arena. Forum file photo

MOORHEAD - When Ricky White explains the impact Indian boarding schools had on Native American children and their descendants, he asks people to write several defining truths about themselves on a sheet of paper.

Then he grabs that paper, crumples it up and throws it in the trash can.

The image represents what Native Americans went through as the United States government tried to eradicate Indigenous culture throughout history, White said. It was like being told their way of life was garbage, he explained.


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