Indian Boarding School truth and healing needed

 

Urge Congress to support the Truth and Healing Commission today 

Today, join religious and Indigenous leaders’ call for Congress to advance a new commission and study on the devastating legacy of Indian Boarding Schools and develop meaningful steps to heal moving forward.  

U.S. federal policy, from the 1800s through the 1960s, sought to assimilate Native American children through the implementation of boarding schools. Documentation and stories passed down show that many children taken from their families were punished for speaking their native languages, abused by their caretakers, and in too many cases never returned home. The ELCA, along with the Episcopal Church and our Canadian counterparts, joined a recent statement acknowledging the painful role of the church’s past in administrating boarding schools and stating a renewed call to face our history with respect to indigenous community relations.

Now it is time for Congress to make similar commitments, too, and become a partner to make amends moving forward. Recently reintroduced in the Senate, the Truth and Healing Commission on Indian Boarding School Policies in the United States Act would establish a commission to investigate past injustices of the federal government's cultural genocide and assimilation practices through its Indian Boarding School policy.

“We know that HOPE transforms the lives of those who live with the trauma of losing relatives at Indian Boarding Schools and religious boarding schools,” said the Rev. Joann Conroy, president of the ELCA American and Indian Alaska Native Lutheran Association and member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe. “Healing from this trauma begins for our relatives with the Truth and Healing Commission on Indian Boarding School Policies in the United States Act.”

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