Truth and Healing Commission on Indian Boarding Schools Bill Advocated for in Washington, D.C.
May 13, 2022
Today, the House Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples of the United States hosted a hearing for H.R. 5444, the Truth and Healing Commission Bill on Indian Boarding School Policies Act. The hearing comes a day after the Department of Interior announced the first Federal Indian Boarding School Initiative Investigative Report.
"U.S. Indian Boarding School Policies stripped children from their families and cultures," said U.S. Representative Sharice Davids (D-Kansas) in a Twitter post on Sept. 30, 2021, the same day she introduced the bill. "Those actions still have devastating impacts today. On today's remembrance day, I'm proud to introduce a bill to create a Truth and Healing Commission, helping Native families begin to heal."
September 30 is also the National Day of Remembrance for U.S. Indian Boarding Schools, and it is known as National Day for Truth and Reconciliation in Canada. It is also known as Orange Shirt Day.