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Reckoning with the Past: Native Boarding Schools

July 30, 2021 – This week on New Mexico in Focus, extended coverage of the federal government’s effort to document the truth about Native boarding schools. Interior secretary and former New Mexico congresswoman Deb Haaland announced the investigation this summer, on the heels of gruesome discoveries of mass graves at Canadian boarding school sites. Correspondent Antonia Gonzales speaks with two Native leaders about the need for the painful look back as well as the path forward toward healing.  

Correspondent: Antonia Gonzales

Joe Garcia, Head Councilman, Ohkay Owingeh   
Angel Charley, Executive Director, Coalition to Stop Violence Against Native Women   

For More Information: 

Sec. Haaland on healing from the indoctrination, dehumanization at Indian boarding schools – PBS NewsHour  

A Federal Probe Into Indian Boarding School Gravesites Seeks To Bring Healing NPR