Interior to Review Native American Boarding Schools

Secretary announces review to evaluate the generational impact of the 1819 policy. 

On Tuesday, Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland addressed the National Congress of American Indians. During her statements, she announced that the department would be conducting a review of the negative impact of an 1819 law known as the Indian Civilization Act. The law established Indian boarding schools to re-educate native people, remove their culture, and assimilate them into American society. 

Secretary Haaland expressed the importance of the program saying, “The Interior Department will address the inter-generational impact of Indian boarding schools to shed light on the unspoken traumas of the past, no matter how hard it will be. I know that this process will be long and difficult. I know that this process will be painful. It won’t undo the heartbreak and loss we feel. But only by acknowledging the past can we work toward a future that we’re all proud to embrace.”

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For officials of the Interior as they address Native American issues.
  • For Secretary Haaland to seek God’s direction as programs are implemented for Native Americans.
  • That the president’s administration would have discernment in dealing with tribal concerns. 

Sources: Department of the Interior


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