This video is an excerpt from the documentary Our Spirits Don’t Speak English: Indian Boarding School. This video excerpt is just a tiny highlight of the abuse, as well as cultural and linguistic suppression that many youth suffered in Indian boarding schools. Are we presently going to stand by and silently allow the trend to continue with students whose native language is being suppressed in schools throughout the nation as we listen to this? We are fooling ourselves if we think that students are not currently subjected to much of the same cultural and linguistic suppression that is detailed in this video.

“When we talk to our spirits, they don’t speak English”.
Purchase “Our Spirits Don’t Speak English: Indian Boarding School” here.

Recommended Reading:
American Indian Education: A History
Education for Extinction: American Indians and the Boarding School Experience, 1875-1928


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