Indian Boarding School Exhibition Opens at Ziibiwing Center in Mt. Pleasant

cropped-boarding-school1 Over 200 undocumented deaths directly attributed to this institution

ISABELLA INDIAN RESERVATION — The Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan’s Ziibiwing Center of Anishinabe Culture & Lifeways has opened an exhibition “Debwewin – Truth, The Mount Pleasant Indian Industrial Boarding School Experience.”

“Debwewin” is an Ojibwe word that means truth.

The American Indian boarding school experience is dark chapter in Native history – an American history that has been absent from most text books and historical narratives. Debwewin – Truth:The Mount Pleasant Indian Industrial Boarding School Experience seeks to correct this gap in American history.

DEBWEWIN/TRUTH: The Mount Pleasant Indian Industrial Boarding School experience now open until September 30, 2014.

DEBWEWIN/TRUTH: The Mount Pleasant Indian Industrial Boarding School experience now open until September 30, 2014.

Debwewin – Truth: The Mount Pleasant Indian Industrial Boarding School Experience reveals the historical and archaeological research of the school, as well as the present-day impact on individuals, families, and communities.

To date, Ziibiwing researchers have identified over two hundred undocumented deaths directly attributed to this institution.

The exhibit opened on Saturday, March 15, 2014 and will run through September 30, 2014. The exhibition is part of the museum’s changing exhibit series.

The Mt. Pleasant Indian Industrial Boarding School belongs to a period of time known as the Era of Stolen Children or the American Indian holocaust.  This Federal school “educated” and systematically assimilated an average enrollment of three hundred students per year from 1893-1934. Administrative records indicate that only five children perished while attending the school during its 41-years of operation.

Supporting Events

April 15  •  6pm
Mount Pleasant Indian Industrial Boarding School Readers Theater

April 30 •   10am – 6pm
Changing Exhibit Part II: 3D Objects

May 17  •  11am – 4pm
Decolonization Writing Workshop

June 6  •  7am – 4pm
Honoring, Healing & Remembering

August 9  •  1pm – 4pm
World Indigenous People’s Day Film Screenings

August 14 •  9am – 6pm
American Indian Boarding School Educator’s Training

The Ziibwing Center is one of the Midwest’s premier American Indian museums. It is located at 6650 East Broadway, Mt. Pleasant, Michigan 48858.

Ziibwing Center is open Monday – Saturday, 10:00 a.m – 6:00 p.m.

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