Boarding School Research Paper

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The Boarding School policy The history of American Indian Education starts after the era of the American Indian Wars. It was first introduced through an Army officer named Richard H. Pratt who later introduced the idea while working with Apache prisoners in St. Augustine, Florida. He later proposed in order to “Kill the Indian and save the Man” was believing that by removing Indian children from their cultural surroundings and traditions was to subject them to a more stricter environment with discipline and hard work from there they can be assimilated into mainstream society. This was later agreed to by the United States Congress, and in 1897, Pratt was given eighteen students and a deserted Army College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania which became…show more content…
The Remembering Our Indian School days shows the experience of first person recollections, memorabilia, the writings and art of four generations of Indian School explores the commonality of boarding school experience. A display that shows the power and explores an important era through American History, its an exhibit first of its kind which it helps visitors to be immersed into the stories left behind from those who lived through it during that time period. “The boarding school experience is crucial to understanding Native America today,” says Margaret Archuleta, Pueblo/Hispanic, curator of the Heard Museum exhibit Remembering Our Indian School days: The Boarding School Experience. “This exhibit allows visitors both Native and non-Native the opportunity to understand the collective history of Indian boarding schools, and to understand how that history have influenced contemporary Native American life.” The difference between the Indian Boarding schools of the mainstream education systems was segregation. Historically only two groups were segregated, the African Americans in which were integrated through the Civil Rights Movement and Native Americans to this day continue to be segregated from mainstream education systems, reinforcing misunderstanding and stereotypes. The Remembering Our Indian School Days breaks down the walls…show more content…
Perhaps the most fundamental conclusion that emerges from boarding schools histories is the profound complexity of their historical legacy for Indian people’s lives. Boardings schools were the embodiment of both victimization of the Native people, and serves as a site of cultural loss and at the same time as a cultural persistence. It was because of these institutions that the intention of assimilating Native people into mainstream society and eradicating Native cultures, became the internal components of American Indian identities and eventually fueled the drive for political and cultural self-determination in the late twentieth century. David Wallace Adams has provided the most useful general overview of Indian boarding schools in Education for Extinction: American Indians and the Boarding School Experience, 1875-1928. Adams's story of Indian people's boarding school experiences is largely one of cultural struggle. He argues that through the boarding schools, reformers, educators, and federal agents waged cultural, psychological, and intellectual warfare on Native students as part of a concerted effort to turn Indians into "Americans." School administrators and teachers cut children's hair; changed their dress, their diets, and their names; introduced them to unfamiliar conceptions of space and time; and subjected them

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