Biden administration backs Indian boarding school bill
June 28, 2022
The Biden administration is fully supporting bipartisan efforts to study the Indian boarding school era amid an ongoing investigation into the genocidal policies that were once supported by the U.S. government.
In her first appearance before the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, Secretary Deb Haaland said she viewed the Truth and Healing Commission on Indian Boarding School Policies Act as “complementary” to the investigation being undertaken at the Department of the Interior. The bill would authorize a comprehensive review of the educational institutions in which Indian children were taken from their families, with some being sent thousands of miles away, and where they were discouraged from maintaining their tribal traditions, languages and cultures.
“The administration strongly supports this legislation, especially the development of national survivor resources to address the intergenerational trauma and the inclusion of the commission’s formal investigation and documentation practices,” Haaland told the committee at an oversight and legislative hearing last Wednesday.