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Delving Into the Tragic History of Indian Boarding Schools

Governor Tony Evers and President Shannon Holsey of the Stockbridge-Munsee Band of Mohican Indians pose with Oneida Nation officials after the Governor signed an executive order apologizing for Wisconsin’s role in Indian boarding schools. Photo by Megan Hart/WPR.

By Colleen Leahy, Wisconsin Public Radio

Governor Evers issued an official apology last week for Wisconsin’s participation in the federal government’s practice of forcing indigenous children to attend boarding schools to strip them of their cultures and assimilate to white society.

Dr. Patty Loew and Levi Rickert, two Native journalists, talk about the legacy of this practice.