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Truth and Healing Commission Bill Heads to the Senate Floor

Legislation that would call for Congress to investigate the federal government's Indian boarding school policies, which led to the attempted termination and assimilation of Native Americans from 1819 through the 1960s, passed out of committee last week and is headed to the Senate floor.

The bill - the Truth and Healing Commission on Indian Boarding School Policies Act of 2024 -is legislation to investigate, document, and report on the histories of Indian boarding schools, Indian boarding school policies, and long-term impacts on Native communities.

"For more than a century, the federal government's Indian Boarding School policies and practices sought to destroy Native languages, cultures, and identities. The Committee has heard from and reflected on over 100 comments from survivors, descendants, Tribal leaders, Tribal citizens, advocates, religious organizations, local governments, and experts about the need for Congress to act and help address the intergenerational impacts of the shameful history of Indian Boarding Schools," said U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai'i), chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs in a statement. "It's long past time that we reckon with this painful history. Now that this bill is ready for floor action, I look forward to moving it through the Senate quickly."


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