Five Native American boarding schools operated for decades in Colorado, federal investigation finds

Five Native American boarding schools designed to strip Native children of their culture, heritage and language have operated in Colorado for decades, part of a centuries-old federal effort to subjugate the tribes and people who lived on this earth for thousands of years.

The list of schools in Colorado, which spanned the Ute Mountain Ute reservation in the southwest corner of the state to Denver, is part of an early-ever federal inventory and investigation by the U.S. Department of the Interior to identify federally run boarding schools. schools from the Florida Everglades to the Alaskan tundra.

The report’s 106-page first volume, released Wednesday, was commissioned last year by Interior Secretary Deb Haaland, the first Indigenous cabinet member in US history. He says the inquest found evidence of more than 500 Indigenous child deaths.

The findings, which list the locations and years of operation of 408 such boarding schools in 37 states and territories, mark a grim acknowledgment of the cultural genocide authorized and encouraged by Haaland’s predecessors at the Home Office, and across all three branches. government for generations.

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