Effort To Put History Of Indian Boarding Schools Into Classrooms
Lansing, Michigan - An effort is underway in Lansing to encourage Michigan's Board of Education to ensure new generations of students would be taught about the history of Native American boarding schools. The history of the boarding schools would also focus on the atrocities committed at the schools. Sen. Wayne Schmidt, R-Travere City, introduced SB 876, which would encourage the curriculum for 8th-12th grades. “My response for that is very favorable. I’m glad to hear that. You know, it’s always good to be heard," said George Jeffrey Martin, Secretary, Gun Lake Tribal Council. “It’s the start of allowing us to tell the story. It’s not gonna be pleasant.” The proposed legislation was created with the input of Native American tribal leaders, who are more aware than anyone of the horrors committed in the boarding schools.