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Erie Times E-Edition Article-Past Indigenous schools may draw federal look

Posted by M. C. on July 8, 2021

Montooth said the Nevada Indian Commission has not yet received direction from the U.S. Department of Interior.

As he was leaving for Little Big Horn, Custer said to the Bureau of Indian Affairs “Don’t do anything until I get back”.

Initiative calls for probe into boarding facilities

Marcella Corona

Reno Gazette Journal USA TODAY NETWORK

RENO, Nev. – The Stewart Indian School in Carson City could come under federal review following U.S. Interior Secretary Deb Haaland’s announcement that the government will investigate its past oversight of Native American boarding schools.

Last month, Haaland, who is a member of New Mexico’s Laguna Pueblo and the first Native American to serve as a Cabinet secretary, outlined the national initiative while addressing members of the National Congress of American Indians during its midyear conference.

The initiative stemmed from the discovery of a

containing the remains of 215 children, all uncovered on the site of what was once Canada’s largest Indigenous residential school. The Kamloops Indian Residential School is one of many institutions that held Indigenous children taken from families across the nation and in the United States.

The Nevada school housed thousands of students during its 90 years of operations, and local tribe members recall family members who repeatedly ran away from the school after being forcibly cut off from their families, culture and languages.

The Nevada Indian Commission has been collecting information on the history of the former Stewart Indian School, said the commission’s executive director, Stacey Montooth.

Montooth said the Nevada Indian Commission has not yet received direction from the U.S. Department of Interior. Still, the state agency is “committed to following the lead of our alumni and our tribal leaders on how they want to pursue outcomes,” she said….

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