Haaland, Dept. of Interior, launch review of ‘troubled legacy’ of U.S. Indian boarding schools

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland announced this week she has ordered a comprehensive review of the troubled legacy of federal Indian boarding schools, which operated for much of the 19th and 20th centuries with the primary goal of assimilating Indian children into European culture.

Haaland is a member of the Pueblo of Laguna and the first Native American person to hold a cabinet level position. She has directed her staff to research historical boarding school records, with an emphasis on cemeteries or potential burial sites, and publish a report, according to a Department media release.

The Twin Cities-based Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition (NABS) applauded the news.

“NABS believes this investigation will provide critical resources to address the ongoing historical trauma of Indian boarding schools,” the organization said in a media release. “Our organization has been pursuing truth, justice, and healing for boarding school survivors, descendants, and tribal communities.”

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Line 3 updates: Efforts to bring Interior Secretary Haaland to MN, connecting with frontline resistance camps, and more

In other news, Mendota Dakota apply for federal recognition

In this blog:

  • Indigenous women leaders invite Interior Secretary Haaland to visit and Learn about Line 3
  • Opportunities to connect with frontline Line 3 resistance camps
  • MN House bill would block state funding for Line 3 court challenges
  • DNR approves nearly ten-fold increase in Enbridge dewatering plans
  • Decoding Line 3 language
  • Mendota Dakota apply for federal recognition
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News and Events: Biden to nix Keystone XL, remembering the 1898 overthrow of Wilmington, N.C. by white supremacists, and more

In this blog:

  • President-elect Biden to cancel Keystone XL pipeline permit his first day in office, news reports say
  • Tribes slam Minnesota U.S. Representative for trying to derail confirmation of first Native American to lead the U.S. Dept. of the Interior
  • Remembering the 1898 white supremacist overthrow of Wilmington, N.C. city government
  • Free online screening of Dawnland, a film on Maine’s truth and reconciliation effort with Native peoples, Jan. 28
  • Direct action against Line 3 in Fond du Lac on MLK Day
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