School Experience

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LINDA LEGARDE GROVER (Bois Forte Band of Minnesota Chippewa)
First was the removal from the family and from culture and from everything that the child is familiar with. The child needed to be removed far enough from home that they wouldn’t be able to visit, or visit often. It became usual for many many many Indian families to have their children taken from their homes, sometimes by force, sometimes by coercion.

ALBERT COBE (Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, WI)
The police used to go around in their horse and buggy, around the reservation. And if they saw a child even walking on his own without help they would take the child and bring him to school and put him in a dormitory and they weren’t even old enough to, just old enough to walk and they assume that all these children who are able to go to the government school, why they should be there. When they hear the horse and buggy coming around with the police they shooed their kids off to the woods and the swamps someplace to stay there until the police left. So that was, they did that for me.

Video courtesy of WDSE-Duluth/Superior, MN, 2002

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