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Prayer, ‘watch fire,’ walk honor those impacted by Indian boarding schools

As a child, Virgil Blacklance heard stories about Indian boarding schools, one of which his father attended. He recalled that after events like powwows concluded, families would often go back to their encampments and gather around fires where “the old people” would sit and visit, he said. When Blacklance and other children grew tired from playing, they’d sit and listen to their stories.

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Archbishop Hebda discusses leaked draft of Dobbs decision, Indian boarding schools, upcoming Synod

Archbishop Bernard Hebda recently joined “Practicing Catholic” radio show host Patrick Conley to discuss three timely and important topics for the local Church: the Church’s commitment to women and children in light of the leaked draft of the Dobbs v. Jackson Supreme Court decision, recent news about Indian boarding schools, and the upcoming archdiocesan Synod Assembly.

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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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