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Beginning in May 2021, Native News Online committed its newsroom to covering one of the most important stories of our times: the fraught legacy of Indian Boarding Schools that the federal government operated for 150 years with the help of numerous Christian denominations and churches. Our mission is to shine a bright light on this dark era of forced assimilation of Native American children and its continuing impact on American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian and First Nations families to this day.

Indian Boarding Schools: A Native News Online Reporting Project’ highlights some of our coverage, including feature stories, Q+A interviews, opinion pieces, and guest essays that originally appeared on Native News Online. Most are from 2022 to 2023 time period, and they cover a range of issues, events and personal reflections related to Indian boarding schools. Several stories were produced with funding support from nonprofit organizations, including the Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting and the USC Annenberg Center for Health Reporting.  

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*TRIGGER WARNING* Many of the stories throughout this magazine deal with extremely difficult stories and accounts of physical, mental, sexual and emotional abuse that survivors experienced in Indian boarding schools. If you do not have the capacity to engage with these stories right now, we encourage you to read them when you feel more supported. The National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition (NABS) has a comprehensive list of healing resources available on its website: boardingschoolhealing.org/self-care-resources/.

Make a gift of $30 (CAD $35) or more and you'll receive a copy of "Indian Boarding Schools: A Native News Online Reporting Project".

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