Federal report lays out historic effort to dismantle Indian families and culture
It's the first step in addressing 'intergenerational trauma' caused by placement of children in the Indian school system
May 12, 2022
For more than 150 years, the U.S. government pursued an explicit policy of destroying Indian families and culture as the nation took over lands once occupied by Indigenous people.
A primary weapon in that effort was a system of hundreds of Indian boarding schools - 21 in Minnesota - that separated children from their parents and sought to assimilate them into the predominantly white, European-oriented U.S. culture of the 19th and 20th centuries.
Those findings are contained in a report released Wednesday by the U.S. Department of the Interior, the first step in an effort to repair the damage longstanding government policies caused to native Indian, Hawaiian and Alaskan people.