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Indian Residential Schools

The 2008 DVD Our Spirits Don't Speak English: Indian Boarding School discusses the tragic experiences of kids at Indian Residential Schools. The most infamous was the Carlisle Indian Boarding School (1879–1918) founded by Captain Richard Henry Pratt in Carlisle, Pa. with up to 1,000 students a year. Run like a military operation, it became a template for 26 Indian boarding schools. The kids wore uniforms and marched in battalions to meals. Beatings were common and many kids died at the schools.

Pratt’s stated goal was: “
Kill the Indian, Save the man”! Throughout the U.S. and Canada, about 50% of the "students" died. Students were beaten for speaking their native tongues and deprived of their culture. Rape and many other kinds of trauma left multi-generational impacts in Native American communities. Students were taught only menial skills. Many have referred to the "schools" as more like death camps.

A Truth and Reconcilition Commission was established in Maine to heal the wounds of these experiences and to prevent further abuses through changes in policies of adoption. Rev. Kevin Annett, Secretary of the International Tribunal in Crimes of Church and State (ITCCShas exposed the crimes and tragedies of the Canadian Indian Residential Schools with his books. In February 2013, indictments were issued in the Genocide in Canada case with International Arrest Warrants.

Carlisle Indian Boarding School

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