Native American Boarding Schools
Native American boarding schools were initially established with the intention of assimilating Native Americans into U.S. society. In doing so, the end result was to mute or eliminate many aspects of Native American culture for the generation attending school.
As American wars, U.S. military operations, and federal government endorsements of land grabs--especially during westward migration--resulted in encroachment on Native American territory, tribes fought doggedly to maintain their ties to the lands that they called home. Many in the U.S. government began to believe that forcing Native Americans to abandon their culture and adopt a more "civilized" way of life would be a cost-effective and nonviolent solution to continued tribal resistance. The U.S. government was motivated to remove communally-based living arrangements...Read more