Boarding schools for Native Americans

Boarding schools operated by Catholic dioceses in the past that were ostensibly designed to educate Native American children were in fact centers of terrible abuse (“Catholic Dioceses Investigate Their Role in Boarding Schools for Native Americans,” The Wall Street Journal, Jan. 1). The number of children who died from accidents, disease and other causes is finally under investigation by the Interior Department.

Although most of these schools were closed in the 1970s, many questions still remain, not the least of which is why the scandal has remained until recently forgotten.  The treatment of Native Americans throughout this nation’s history is shameful.  Yet the focus continues to be on the treatment of Blacks.  Let’s not forget that Native Americans were here long before anyone else.

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