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Shawnee Tribe

Ben Barnes, the chief of the Shawnee Tribe will testify before the House Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples of the United States on Thursday, May 12 at 1 p.m. (EST) in support of H.R. 5444, the “The Truth and Healing Commission on Indian Boarding School Policies in the U.S. Act.” The legislation would establish a federal commission to locate and analyze the records from over 360 known Indian boarding schools that operated in the U.S. These schools forcibly removed Native American children from their communities to “civilize” Native Americans by eliminating their culture and heritage.

“I am honored to testify before Congress to support this critical legislation,” Chief Barnes said. “As we work to preserve and protect the Shawnee Indian Manual Labor School in Fairway, Kansas, this legislation would play an important role in ensuring we discover the full truth about the Shawnee Indian Manual Labor School and hundreds of other boarding schools that tried to decimate Native American culture.”

A live feed of Thursday’s hearing can be found here: 

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