facebook app symbol  twitter  linkedin  instagram 1
Indian boarding schools have had an impact on generations of Native Americans over the past 150 years. For some young Natives, though, the history and fraught legacy of the schools is a topic they're learning about now.
On Friday, Native News Online Publisher Levi Rickert and Managing Editor Valerie VandePanne hosted a discussion about Indian Boarding Schools and the era of assimilation with two young Native Americans in their 20s. 
WATCH the episode here:
In this episode of Native Bidaské, Kristen Lilya (Ojibwe) and Neely Bardwell (Odawa) talked about how the news of Indian boarding schools has opened up conversations in their own families. They discussed how a new generation of Native Americans are learning about and coping with the intergenerational effects of Indian Boarding Schools and the federal government's assimilationist policies. 
Lilya is a citizen of the Bois Forte Band of Chippewa. She is a marketing and sponsorship representative for Native News Online’s parent company, Indian Country Media.
Bardwell (descendant of the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indian) began as an intern with Native News Online during the summer of 2021 and is now a freelance writer and policy researcher. 

Tell Us What You Think

More Stories Like This

Sovereignty Symposium will be June 11-12 in Oklahoma City
Tribes, National Congress of American Indians Oppose Montana's TikTok Ban on Grounds of Sovereignty
A Notable Victory for Justice in Case of Murdered Pit River Tribal Citizen
Call for Entire Ninth Circuit Rehearing of Apache Stronghold to Vindicate Tribal Nations’ Land-based Religious Practices
Newland Touts Biden's Investing in America Agenda at Bison Release at Taos Pueblo

These stories must be heard.

This May, we are highlighting our coverage of Indian boarding schools and their generational impact on Native families and Native communities. Giving survivors of boarding schools and their descendants the opportunity to share their stories is an important step toward healing — not just because they are speaking, but because they are being heard. Their stories must be heard. Help our efforts to make sure Native stories and Native voices are heard in 2024. Please consider a recurring donation to help fund our ongoing coverage of Indian boarding schools. Donate to Native News Online today and support independent Indigenous-centered journalism. Thank you.

About The Author
Native News Online Staff
Author: Native News Online StaffEmail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Native News Online is one of the most-read publications covering Indian Country and the news that matters to American Indians, Alaska Natives and other Indigenous people. Reach out to us at [email protected].