Native Boarding Schools in America

Native Boarding Schools in America is a 9-part series that sheds light on an undertold part of American history: when native children were forcibly taken from their communities by agents and sent to government-funded schools. These schools were modeled after the educational curriculum of Captain William Henry Pratt. You may know him by his famous quote, “Kill the Indian, Save the Man.” The goal of Pratt’s pioneer Carlisle Indian Boarding School, and the hundreds of schools that sprung up after it, was to “civilize” Native Americans–or make them more like European Americans.

For over a century, these schools used intimidation, labor, and abuse to eradicate Native language and culture and separate children as young as six from their parents and communities. It’s a history the country is only now beginning to take responsibility for.