TRR News: Boarding schools and more

By Paula Palmer

Dear Friends,
What a difference Deb Haaland makes as Secretary of the Interior! For many years Native Americans have pressed the federal government to release information about the thousands of Native children who were taken away from their communities and held at government boarding schools. The Indian boarding school policy was in effect for more than a century and finally ended with the passage of the Indian Education Act of 1972. To date, the federal government has not provided even the most basic information about these children: their names, their ages, their families, their tribes, their boarding school attendance records, their illnesses, deaths and burials. Now Secretary Haaland has broken through the wall of silence and secrecy by initiating an investigation — at last.

Read the Department of Interior announcement and Secretary Haaland’s opinion piece published in the Washington Post. For many excellent resources, see the website of the National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition.

Contact TRR ( if…
  •  You would like to invite TRR’s co-director Jerilyn DeCoteau (Turtle Mountain Chippewa) to give an online presentation about the boarding schools and their ongoing consequences for Native people, reply to this message. Jerilyn is past president of the board of directors of the National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition.
  • You would like to learn about the role that Christian church denominations played as operators of Indian boarding schools. Almost all the denominations operated Indian boarding schools, often in collaboration with the federal government. The churches need to conduct their own investigations and provide this information to the National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition.

TRR News:

We are beginning to facilitate our “Roots of Injustice, Seeds of Change: Toward Right Relationship with Native Peoples” workshops in person again, hosted by groups that take the appropriate health safety measures. We’d like to introduce Peter Clay, a TRR facilitator who is scheduled to present an in-person workshop for Second Baptist Church in Liberty MO, in collaboration with our long-time facilitator Jan Owens. Jan is Chickamauga Cherokee and Tarahumara, and a clan mother of the Twister clan of the Chicamauga Cherokee, Ani-Yun-wits. Peter is a member of Des Moines Friends Meeting.

Our next open-registration online workshop will be August 21, 4-6 pm EASTERN time. Register here, and pass it on! With good wishes to you, and much appreciation for all the ways you work to build right relationships in your community, — Paula