Away from Home: American Indian Boarding School Stories | Buffalo Tom

Phoenix Indian School Band, c. 1905-1910. Credit: Arizona Historical Foundation, University Libraries, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona N-1106. Heard reference: RC125(7):

Away From Home examines an important and often unknown period of American history. Beginning in the 1870s the U.S. government aimed to assimilate American Indians into “civilized” society by placing them in government-operated boarding schools. Children were taken from families and transported to far-away schools where all signs of “Indian-ness” were stripped away. Students were trained for servitude and many went for years without familial contact—events that still have an impact on Native communities today.

Exhibit: Away from Home: American Indian Boarding School Stories | Heard Museum

I will be back blogging in 02019. I’m getting off FB this coming week.

You can find me here too! HERE (brand new site)

I was sad to find out we lost Buffalo Tom on wordpress.


  1. Sad to hear about Buffalo Tom.
    I have never been on Facebook. I have always considered it to be trivial, and socially destructive. But I am aware that some people find it comforting, and useful.
    (Including my wife, who is addicted to it)
    Looking forward to seeing you back on a regular basis, Lara.
    Best wishes as always, Pete.

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  2. Just so sad. Can you even begin to imagine how superior Native Education would be for children and young people? Our educational system has always been broken. I can well imagine how children would respond to nature based education in wild spaces.

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  3. The shame of it is we continue to ignore our obligation to make things right partly because we apparently enjoy diversifying and repeating our bad behaviors on whole new groups of people….Somebody should look up “karmic ribbon” and grab a brown paper sack to breathe into. It’s going to be a long, dark night in you-know-where…

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