In this episode I am looking at the Native American Residential Schools here in America. Ever since June, when the graves of 215 Indigenous School children were found at the site of the Kamloops Residential School in British Columbia and, weeks later, 751 unmarked graves were found at the site of the Marieval Indian Residential School in Marieval, Saskatchewan , attention has been drawn to similar boarding or residential schools for Native Americans here in America.
Although the concept of residential schools can be traced back to 1634 Maryland, they did not gain the support of the U.S. Government until 1879 when Richard Henry Pratt opened the Carlisle Industrial School in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.
While it's impossible to teach every good and bad thing in American History in school, I believe we need to look at it all. As Americans we have a lot to be proud of, but we also have a lot to learn from. We should be having these conversations. Maybe not all of them in school but sometime, somewhere, so that we can learn from them.
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