Hundreds of Indigenous children died in US federal nursing homes


Minors were separated from their parents to eliminate parental roots.

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month of 500 Native American Children died in boarding schools run by the United States government in which Physically abused students and denied them foodAccording to the Interior Department report released on Wednesday.

las GraveBoth identified and anonymous, approx. were discovered in 53 hospitalized According to the report on the “Federal System of Boarding Schools for Indigenous Peoples”, minors who lived between 1819 and 1969 were separated from their families for the purpose of assimilation.

The report said that about 19 establishments “account for more than 500 remains of Amerindians, Alaska Natives and Hawaiians,” which emphasizes that officials “The number of graves identified is expected to increaseAs the investigation progresses.

The place of burial has not been disclosed so that Prevent “Serious Booty”vandalism, and other disturbances of indigenous burial sites,” noted the authors.

This report is the first part of a major investigation launched by ministry of domestic affairsAfter discovery in 2021 More than a thousand anonymous graves of indigenous children In the facilities of former boarding schools.

Between 1819 and 1969, the “federal Indian boarding school system” accounted for 408 schools located in 37 states and US territories, including 21 schools in Alaska and seven in Hawaii, according to a report requested by the Secretary of the Interior, Deb Haaland. MILF Indian too

“The consequences of the policies of the ‘federal Indian boarding school system’ – including intergenerational trauma due to family separation and cultural eradication on generations of children under the age of 4 – are undeniable and heartbreaking,” he said. in a statement.

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The federal program “deploys systematically militarized methods of identity change to try to assimilate through education”, in particular by giving them an Anglophone name or by cutting their hair.

Deborah ParkerThe National Coalition for the Treatment of Native Americans placed in these centers highlights the devastating long-term consequences of these schools.

“Even after generations we don’t know how many kids there were, How many children were killed, how many children were scared for life by these federal institutions,” Parker said at a news conference.

that center discouraged or They prevented the children from speaking in their language And according to the report the focus on teaching technical skills or manual labor “with job prospects often unrelated to the state of the US industrialized economy, further disrupts tribal economies”.

These establishments often had the rule corporal punishmentAccording to the report, as well as segregation and deprivation of food, whipping, beating and fettering.

He further said that older children were forced to punish younger children.

bureau of indian affairs Attempts to continue the investigation to find out the total number of children attending these schools and the total number of burials in the country and to identify the children lying there.

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