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Troubling past: The Church’s role in America’s Indian boarding school era

As the United States begins to confront this chapter of its history, so does the Catholic Church. According to the National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition (NABS) — which has compiled what is generally regarded as the most comprehensive, albeit admittedly incomplete list of U.S. Indian boarding schools — at least 84 of the 367 identified schools were run by Catholic institutions through contracts with the U.S. government. A group of Catholic archivists researching the topic believe there were many more.

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Archdiocese making Indian boarding school records available to impacted communities, descendants

A system of what’s been called “Indian boarding schools” operated in the United States for 100 years, starting in the 1860s. Approximately 360 schools were largely funded by the U.S. government, and many were operated by religious organizations, including the Catholic Church, said Allison Spies, archives manager for the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.

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Sculptor Edmonia Lewis shares message of human dignity through time

Edmonia Lewis, the first African American and Native American sculptor to achieve international recognition through works that reflected her Catholic faith and the dignity of people, is being commemorated on a new postage stamp.

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Seattle, Columbus, and Historical Fictions

Robert Royal: There are many today trying to make sure we never tell the truth about history. Cut our roots, though, and we’ll have no future.

The post Seattle, Columbus, and Historical Fictions appeared first on The Catholic Thing.

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