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November 25th 2013:Journey of Forgiveness: Healing Soul Wounds From The Boarding School Histories Of The Indigenous Peoples

In 1879, Lt. Richard Henry Pratt founded the Carlisle Indian Industrial School in Pennsylvania that resulted in policies of cultural genocide to force the assimilation of the children of Indigenous Peoples into White society. His model was widely adopted and children were forcibly removed from their families. The goal was to “kill the Indian to save the man.” The children had to stop speaking their native languages, give up their tribal customs and way of life, and experienced the eradication of their native identities. They had to learn English and embrace Christianity. The children suffered

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Dr. Denise Lajimodiere

Dr. Denise Lajimodiere is an enrolled member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Pembina Chippewa and an assistant professor in the School of Education, Educational Leadership, North Dakota State University, Fargo. She received her doctorate in educational leadership in 2006 from the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks. She worked as an elementary instructor and elementary principal on the Turtle Mountain Reservation. She has been involved in education for over 34 years and is Chairperson of the National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition. She is a published poet, birch bark biter, (a traditional, painstaking technique that uses teeth to shape tree bark into artistic designs),
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