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Report details brutal treatment of Indigenous children attending U.S. boarding schools

May 12, 2022


The federal government on Wednesday detailed for the first time the brutality and treatment Native American children suffered when they were forcibly moved into U.S. boarding schools during the course of 150 years. Deborah Parker, CEO of the National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition and a member of the Tulalip Tribe in Washington, joins Amna Nawaz to discuss.

Five Facts

  • Who is Deb Haaland, and what is her role in the U.S. government?
  • What were some of the ways residential boarding schools amounted to a “cultural genocide” according to this piece?
  • Where and When were Indigenous children moved from their families into boarding schools in the U.S.?
  • Why was the report mentioned in this piece written?
  • How might stakeholders such as the U.S. government take action in response to the report?

Focus Questions

What do you think the government should do in response to the report mentioned in this piece?

Media literacy: Where would you go to find out more about the boarding schools described in this piece?

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