Online program | Breaking the Silence: Native American Boarding Schools | 07/18/2022

Between 1869 and the 1960s, hundreds of thousands of Native American children were forcibly removed from their homes and families and placed in more than 350 government-funded and often church-run Indian boarding schools. These children were subjected to horrific conditions, suffering physical, sexual, cultural and spiritual abuse and torture.

They were banned from speaking their indigenous languages, traditional and cultural practices, and stripped of their traditional clothing, hair and personal belongings. The express intent was to implement cultural genocide by removing and “reprogramming” Indigenous children in order to carry out the systematic destruction of Indigenous cultures and communities. Many of these children never returned home and their fate has yet to be explained by the US government.

Join us for a poignant conversation with Dr. Samuel Torres, Deputy Executive Director of the National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition (NABS), as he highlights and addresses the history and ongoing trauma created by politics Indian residential schools in the United States.

Torres is expected to be accompanied by a boarding school survivor. There will be opportunities for questions after the discussion.

Members: Free; Non-members: $5.00

Karen O. Fielding