Haaland Lays Out Next Steps On Native Boarding Schools Probe, Legislation

"Interior Secretary Deb Haaland on Wednesday outlined the next steps her department has planned to address the legacy of abuses at government-run schools for Indigenous children and legislation to examine the matter.

Haaland, the first Indigenous Cabinet secretary in U.S. history, testified Wednesday afternoon before the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs about the first volume of Interior’s investigative report into the schools. At these institutions, Indigenous children had their hair cut and were forbidden from speaking their native languages, among other efforts to extinguish their heritage and assimilate them into the broader American culture.

The first Interior report, released in May, found that over a 50-year period, more than 500 children died across 19 schools."

Zack Budryk reports for The Hill June 22, 2022.

Source: The Hill, 06/24/2022