Boarding Schools Blog Posts

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My next blog post deadline was coming soon… I could not for the life of me think of a proper topic. Graduation? Leadership? Business? I went for a walk where I do my best thinking, and inspiration struck! May is Get Caught Reading month which highlights the opportunity to raise awareness of the advantages of indulging in literature. I thought, what better way to feature the advantages of literature than to tap into the minds of the staff at the American Indian Policy Institute (AIPI). I admire and respect the...

This week AIPI staff attended NCAI’s 2021 Mid Year Conference, where Secretary Deb Haaland announced the Federal Indian Boarding School Initiative. The timely announcement was welcomed. According to Haaland, this comprehensive review of federal boarding schools will leave no stone unturned. Historical records, boarding school facilities, and known and possible student burial sites will be examined as part of the process of addressing the historical trauma brought about by these institutions. This will include identifying and determining the Tribal-affiliation of children buried at these institutions. More details can be found in Secretary Haaland’s memo. For AIPI’s Executive Director, Secretary Haaland’s endeavor is not unexpected.

“We’ve always known that...