A Frank Discussion about American Indian Boarding Schools, Christianity, and Their Legacies
Recent discoveries of over 1,000 unmarked graves of Indigenous children at Canada’s former residential schools and the subsequent pledge by the U.S. Interior Department to investigate former federal Indian boarding schools have brought to the forefront long ignored questions regarding the roles played by American governments, educational institutions, and Christianity in the genocide of Indigenous peoples. Sadly, U.S. and state governments and Christian denominations used boarding and other schools as a primary weapon to destroy American Indian peoples, societies, and cultures. Their devastation continues to impact Native communities today. This panel, led by three American Indian leaders, will address these and other questions:
• What are the legacies of Christianity and the boarding schools?
• What can be done to help support healing in American Indian communities and bring reform to Christianity and to the historical narrative of the development of the U.S.?
• What are the implications of these legacies for TCU?