Sec. Deb Haaland to Announce Next Steps to Address Legacy of Indian Boarding Schools
June 22, 2021
Interior Secretary Deb Haaland (Laguna Pueblo) will outline the Interior Department's next steps to "begin to reconcile the troubled legacy of federal boarding school policies" on June 22 during the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) 2021 Mid Year Conference, the department announced Monday.
The announcement follows the recent discovery of a mass unmarked grave of 215 Indigenous children on the grounds of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School in British Columbia, Canada. The finding was met by widespread media coverage, reopening the conversation around the harm and trauma wrought by the federal boarding school systems for Indigenous peoples in the U.S. and Canada.
On June 11, Haaland called for acknowledgement of the past and present impacts of the boarding school system in an op-ed published in The Washington Post.