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.