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National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition

Deborah Parker, CEO for The National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition (NABS), has been invited to testify for the House Natural Resources Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples of the United States on H.R. 5444 (U.S. Representative. Sharice Davids, D-KS) “The Truth and Healing Commission on Indian Boarding School Policies Act” alongside boarding school survivors today. The Hearing will be streamed on the Committee’s YouTube.

H.R. 5444 will establish the Truth and Healing Commission on Indian Boarding School Policies in the United States. A 1-page information sheet developed by The National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition can be found here on H.R. 5444/S.2907 the Truth and Healing Commission on Indian Boarding School Policies Act. 

  • Key Provisions of H.R. 5444 include:
  • Examining the location of children.
  • Documenting ongoing impacts from boarding schools.
  • Locating church and government records.
  • Holding culturally appropriate public hearings to collect testimony from survivors and descendants.
  • Gathering Institutional knowledge from subject matter experts.
  • Sharing the findings publicly.
  • Producing a final report with a list of recommendations for justice and healing.

H.R. 5444 will Investigate Beyond the Department of the Interior Federal Indian Boarding School Initiative: Compiles all previous research and brings together partners for a comprehensive review of Federal Indian Boarding School Policies and their impacts, expanding upon the work of the DOI Initiative in order to know the magnitude of loss of human life. Deborah Parker states, “After generations, we still do not know how many children attended, how many children died, and/or how many children were permanently scarred for life because of these federal institutions. Our children had names. Our children had families. Our children had their own indigenous language. Our children had their own regalia, prayers and religion before Indian Boarding Schools violently took it all away.”

About the National Native American Boarding School healing Coalition:

Formed in 2011, the National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition is dedicated to a national strategy that increases public awareness and cultivates healing for the profound trauma experienced by individuals, families, communities, American Indian and Alaska Native Nations resulting from the U.S. adoption and implementation of the Boarding School Policy of 1869.

For more information, email Jennifer Blevins, jblevins@nabshc.org.

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