Indian Country Applauds Interior Sec. Haaland's Federal Indian Boarding School Initiative


Mt. Pleasant Indian Industrial Boarding School. c. 1910 (Photo/Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe)

WASHINGTON - The discovery of 215 remains of school children at the Kamloops Industrial Residential School in Canada late last month has prompted the U.S. Department of the Interior to establish a Federal Indian Boarding School Initiative.

Interior Sec. Deb Haaland made the announcement during her appearance at the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) 2021 Mid Year Conference on Tuesday afternoon.

The initiative will include an investigation to identify past boarding schools, the location of known and possible burial sites, and the identities and tribal affiliations of the children who were taken there.


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