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Road to Healing Testimony: "We Were Being Taught How to Be White"


August 17, 2022

Bart Gasco's family stands in support of him as he testified at The Road to Healing tour on Saturday. (Photo/Neely Bardwell for Native News Online)

*Trigger Warning* The situations detailed in this story and survivor testimony could be triggering and harmful to some.

PELLSTON, Mich. - On Saturday, 63-year old Bart Gasco recounted his experiences from decades ago at the Holy Childhood of Jesus boarding school in Harbor Springs, Mich.

As he spoke in front of hundreds of people assembled in the gymnasium of Pellston High School, Gasco spoke openly for the very first time about trauma he endured at the northern Michigan boarding school, which was part of the federal government's policy to assimilate Native American children.

"These are not stories that I have even shared with my own three children," he said. "Until today."


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