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Native leaders push for boarding school commission

Interior Secretary Deb Haaland offers emotional testimony to Senate Committee


Sometimes there are moments in history that mark the beginning of a sea change in a society.

Hearing Interior Secretary Deb Haaland’s testimony before the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs on Wednesday may qualify as such a moment.

Haaland, a citizen of the Laguna Pueblo and first Native woman to lead the Interior, was overwhelmed with emotion as she described the contents of her agency’s report detailing racist assimilationist policies forwarded by federal and church operated boarding schools, policies that were designed to destroy Native languages and cultures.


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