September 30, 2021

Huffington Post: Elizabeth Warren Unveils Bill To Document Indian Boarding School Atrocities

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) unveiled legislation on Thursday that would establish a formal commission to document the U.S. government’s ugly, decades-spanning policy of removing Native American children from tribal lands and forcing them into boarding schools to assimilate them into white culture.

The bill, the Truth and Healing Commission on Indian Boarding School Policies in the United States Act, would put a spotlight on what exactly the government did to try to wipe out Indigenous peoples’ cultures, religions and languages.

The commission would provide a forum for Native people to speak about their families’ personal experiences with boarding school atrocities, and would come up with recommendations for Congress to help Indigenous people heal from the “historical and intergenerational trauma” passed down in their families.


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By:  Jennifer Bendery
Source: Huffington Post