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Nation's First Online Boarding School Records Repository Launched by NABS

The Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition (NABS) has launched the nation's first online records repository and research tool for Indian boarding school records.

The database, called The National Indian Boarding School Digital Archive (NIBSDA), was nearly five years in the making, and contains records collected from National Archives in Seattle and Kansas City, Mo. Those records contain case files, administrative records, enrollment registers, and health information about Native American students who attended Indian boarding schools operated by the federal government for more than a century.

Currently, the records focus on nine boarding schools: Pipestone (Minnesota); Cushman (Alaska); Carlisle (Pennsylvania); Genoa (Nebraska); Chemawa (Oregon); Stewart (Nevada); Mt. Pleasant (Michigan); Ft. Bidwell (California); and Mt. Edgecumbe (Alaska). The available information and research tool will expand with continued work and partnership, NABS staff said in a press release.


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