US to investigate ‘unspoken traumas’ of Native American boarding schools

Deb Haaland announces initiative to ‘uncover the truth’ of policies that forced Indigenous children to assimilate

The US government will investigate the troubled legacy of Native American boarding schools and work to “uncover the truth about the loss of human life and the lasting consequences” of the institutions, which over the decades forced hundreds of thousands of children from their families and communities.

The US interior secretary, Deb Haaland, has directed the department to prepare a report detailing available historical records relating to the federal boarding school programs, with an emphasis on cemeteries or potential burial sites.

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