Below is a message from the National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition (NABS) that I am sharing with you for this week’s message. Last week I attended the screening of the film Home from School, the Children of Carlisle. The documentary was extremely moving along with some of the testimony that was shared afterwards by Arapaho people. It will be airing on PBS in the future on Independent Lens, at a time not yet determined. Finally, we are hearing the truth which gives me hope that healing can come with our response of compassion, empathy, and reparation, not objectifying. A co-producer of the film, Jordan Dresser, also chair of the Northern Arapaho Business Council, noted in his concluding remarks after the film that churches also need to be taking responsibility for their role in this era.
National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition (NABS) would like
to express deep gratitude for the leadership of Interior Secretary Deb
Haaland, whose announcement this week of a Department of Interior Federal
Indian Boarding School Truth Initiative marks the first major
federal investigation into the U.S. government’s Indian boarding school
policy. NABS believes this investigation will provide critical resources to
address the ongoing historical trauma of Indian boarding schools. Our
organization has been pursuing truth, justice, and healing for boarding
school survivors, descendants, and tribal communities.
We must do our part to pursue and promote truth-telling in our communities and our nation.
Fear not. Be bold. Build relationships. Be humble. Do justice.
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