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New Mexico will be the ninth stop on Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland and Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs Bryan Newland’s “Road to Healing” Tour, the Department of the Interior announced today.

The tour kicked off in Caddo County, Okla., in July 2022 with the intention of collecting oral testimonies from individuals who experienced Indian boarding schools and their descendants. In the past year, Haaland and Newland made stops in Pellston, MichiganRosebud, South DakotaGila River Indian Community, ArizonaOnamia, MinnesotaTulalip Indian Reservation, near Seattle, Washington; and Riverside, and Rohnert Park, California. 

Haaland and Newland will visit Albuquerque, New Mexico on October 1—45 miles east of Secretary Haaland’s Laguna Pueblo. Their listening session will begin at 10 a.m. MT.

 Last year, Secretary Haaland launched the Federal Indian Boarding School Initiative to shed light on the troubled history of Federal Indian boarding school policies and their legacy for Indigenous Peoples. In May 2022, the Department released Volume 1 of an investigative report as part of the Initiative, which calls for connecting communities with trauma-informed support and facilitating the collection of a permanent oral history. 

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