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In June of 2021 U.S. Secretary of the Interior, Deb Haaland, announced plans to initiate an investigation into the federal boarding schools that were implemented beginning in 1819 and running through 1969. On May 11, 2022 the first volume of the investigation was released to the public. The report details the government efforts in forced assimilation and the abuses students suffered during their time in the boarding schools. The report describes the schools conditions and identifies burial grounds, many unmarked, of children whose fate was death at these institutions. The report seeks to address the long-term impacts of these schools on Native American Tribes, Nations, and Alaskan and Hawaiian Natives.

The New Mexico State Library’s Federal Documents Collection holds this and many publications from the Department of the Interior, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, as well as from the other agencies used to do research for this report.

Memorandum from the Secretary of the Interior : Federal Indian Boarding School Initiative

Federal Indian Boarding School Initiative Investigative Report Vol. I

Image from the report cited as — Ciricahua Apaches at the Carlisle Indian School, Penna., 188-?: as they looked upon arrival at the School. [Photograph]. (1885 or 1886). Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C

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