Native Boarding Schools

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A dark period in American history, known as the Native boarding school era, tried to eradicate our languages, culture, and our entire way of life.  The National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition was formed to discuss and develop a national strategy to focus public attention and foster healing for the wrongs done to individuals, families, communities, the American Indian, and Alaska Native Tribal Nations by the Indian Boarding School policy of the United States. Children as young as four years old were forcibly taken away from their mothers and fathers to live in military style schools.  Other schools were run by various Christian churches that  received payment for each student in their care.  The motto was "Kill the Indian, and Save the Man", and was a horrific cultural genocide that has resulted in generational trauma to this day.  

Quakers, First Nations and American Indian Conference

The Native American Rights Fund (NARF) has worked to involve churches in supporting healing from the abuses in which they played a significant role.  On November 12, 2016, John Echohawk, Pawnee, NARF Executive Director, will be the closing keynote speaker at the Quaker's, First Nations, and American Indians Conference.  The conference is November 10-12, 2016, and is free with registration.  Click on the conference name for more information.