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The vast majority of Americans don't learn about Indian boarding schools growing up. These Native leaders and educators want to change that.


September 14, 2021

Only five states mentioned Indian boarding schools in their state content standards, which is "unimaginable," said Sam Torres of The Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition. "It's obviously a representation and reflection of what is being valued in educational and curricular context." (Photo/NABSHC)

As the United States federal government gears up to assess the genocide it perpetuated against Native communities for nearly a century, Native leaders and academics say there is one glaring method for accessing truth and healing: education.

Roughly fifty four percent of public schools across the United States make no mention of Native Americans in their K-12 curriculum, and 87 percent of state history standards don't discuss Native American history after 1900, according to a study conducted in 2019.

Last month, South Dakota's Department of Education made national news when officials scrubbed more than a dozen Indigenous-centered learning objectives from the department's new social studies standards before releasing the document to the public.


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