How the US stole thousands of Native American children
- Published on: Monday, October 14, 2019
- The long and brutal history of the US trying to “kill the Indian and save the man”.
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Toward the end of the 19th century, the US took thousands of Native American children and enrolled them in off-reservation boarding schools, stripping them of their cultures and languages. Yet decades later as the US phased out the schools, following years of indigenous activism, it found a new way to assimilate Native American children: promoting their adoption into white families. Watch the episode to find out how these two distinct eras in US history have had lasting impacts on Native American families.
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And to learn more, check out some of our sources below:
The National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition https://boardingschoolhealing.org/ and their primer on American Indian and
Alaska Native Boarding Schools in the US: https://engagement.umn.edu/sites/engagement.umn.edu/files/NABS%20Healing%20Voices_Vol%201_FINAL_Spreads%20for%20web.pdf
A Generation Removed by Margaret D. Jacobs:
The National Indian Child Welfare Association’s background on the Indian Child Welfare Act:
1776 - 1880 here: https://www.davidrumsey.com/luna/servlet/detail/RUMSEY~8~1~238678~5511614:Indian-Land-Cessions-
1930 here: https://www.davidrumsey.com/luna/servlet/detail/RUMSEY~8~1~248302~5516048
First Nations Repatriation Institute: http://wearecominghome.com
An in-depth documentary about Native American child separation: https://upstanderproject.org/dawnland
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