Exploring the Stories Behind Native American Boarding Schools

In the late 1800s, the United States began an educational experiment that the government hoped would change the traditions and customs of Native Americans. Special boarding schools were created in locations all over the United States with the purpose of educating American Indian youth. Most of these schools sought to suppress any sign of students’ tribal heritage and to “Americanize” them. Thousands of Native American children were sent far from their homes to live in these schools and learn the ways of white culture. Many struggled with loneliness and fear away from their tribal homes and familiar customs. Some lost their lives to the influenza, tuberculosis and measles outbreaks that spread quickly through the schools. Others thrived despite the hardships, formed lifelong friendships and preserved their tribal identities. Through primary source documents, students explore the experiences and perspectives of individuals involved in Native American boarding schools.

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