US report details church-state collusion on Native schools

US report details church-state collusion on Native schools

US report details church-state collusion on Native schools A new Interior Department report on the legacy of boarding schools for Native Americans underscores how closely the U.S. government collaborated with churches to Christianize them as part of a project to sever them from their culture, their identities and ultimately their land. The role of churches forms a secondary part of the Federal Indian Boarding School Initiative Investigative Report, released Wednesday after a yearlong review sparked by the 2021 discoveries of hundreds of potential graves at former residential schools in Canada. Most of it focuses on the government’s responsibility for its own officials’ actions and policies. But it details how the government provided funding and other support to religious boarding schools for Native children in the 19th and early 20th centuries …
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