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At least 53 burial sites found in Native Indian Boarding Schools in the US
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At least 53 burial sites found in Native Indian Boarding Schools in the US

Burial sites found in indigenous boarding schools. US investigation identifies approx. 53 burial sites.

Where: United States

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On May 11th, the US Interior Department released Volume 1 of the investigative report looking into the dark history of Native Indian boarding schools as part of the administration’s ‘Federal Indian Boarding School Initiative.’
The investigation found that the federal Indian boarding school system was composed of 408 federal schools from 1819 to 1969.
Marked and unmarked burial sites were found at approximately 53 different schools. The Interior Department expects the number of identified burial sites to increase as the investigation continues.
The report highlighted some of the conditions endured by children at these schools. The investigation also found that the school system used “systematic militarized and identity-alteration methodologies” to try to “assimilate” the Native children.
Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs Bryan Newland stated, “This report presents the opportunity for us to reorient federal policies to support the revitalization of Tribal languages and cultural practices to counteract nearly two centuries of federal policies aimed at their destruction.”

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