"American Indian Boarding Schools: An Exploration of Global Ethnic & Cultural Cleansing"
A Supplementary Curriculum Guide
The Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe (SCIT) of Michigan's cultural center and museum, the Ziibiwing Center of Anishinabe Culture & Lifeways, has developed a 24-page American Indian Boarding Schools Supplementary Curriculum Guide to promote the exploration and analysis of the U.S. Government¹s policy to remove American Indian children from their homes for the purpose of providing them with an "education".
The well-documented impact of this policy was an unprecedented level of destruction of American Indian languages, cultures, relationships, and families. Focusing on the motivation that catalyzed American Indian boarding schools, the guide facilitates scholarship on the topics of historical trauma, cultural and language revitalization, and global responsibility.
This information is notably absent from most curricula. The guide also critically examines the policy¹s influence on the design of similar acts of cultural and ethnic cleansing around the world. This is accomplished through extensive research, historical photographs, and archival material.