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American Indian Boarding Schools in the United States: A Brief History and Legacy

Denise K. Lajimodiere

Title:
American Indian Boarding Schools in the United States: A Brief History and Legacy
Author(s):
Lajimodiere, Denise K.
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Department(s):
Institute for the Study of Human Rights
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Book/Journal Title:
Indigenous Peoples’ Access To Justice, Including Truth And Reconciliation Processes
Geographic Area:
United States
Book Author:
Stamatopoulou, Elsa
Littlechild, Wilton
Notes:
This is a chapter from "Indigenous Peoples’ Access to Justice, Including Truth and Reconciliation Processes". The entire volume is available in Academic Commons at http://dx.doi.org/10.7916/D8GT5M1F
Publisher:
Institute for the Study of Human Rights, Columbia University
Publisher Location:
New York
Abstract:
My interest in American Indian boarding school survivors’ stories evolved from recording my father, and other family members, speaking of their experiences. Stories I never knew existed, because they had all maintained silence on their experiences until I began asking questions. My qualitative interview research study of twenty American Indian boarding school survivors “Stringing Rosaries: A Qualitative Study of Sixteen Northern Plains American Indian Boarding School Survivors,” revealed four major themes, including: a) The participants attending boarding school experienced loss in the form of: loss of identity, language, culture, ceremonies and traditions; loss of self esteem; loneliness due to loss of parents and extended family; feeling of abandonment by parents; feeling lost and out of place when they returned home. b) The participants attending boarding school experienced abuse in the form of: corporal punishment; forced child labor; the Outing program; hunger/malnourished; and sexual and mental abuse. c) The participants experienced unresolved grief: maintaining silence; mental health issues, relationship issues and alcohol abuse. d) The participants expressed ways for healing in the form of: a return to Native spirituality and forgiveness.
Subject(s):
Indians of North America--Cultural assimilation
Off-reservation boarding schools
Indians
Indians of North America
History, Modern
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Denise K. Lajimodiere, , American Indian Boarding Schools in the United States: A Brief History and Legacy, Columbia University Academic Commons, .

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