By Neely Bardwell
Native News Online reporters are traveling across Indian Country this week, reporting on Indian boarding schools. Here’s what to watch next week on Native News Online:
Levi Rickert, Publisher, Editor-in-Chief
Levi goes to Anadarko, Okla. to meet Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland (Laguna Pueblo) and Deputy Secretary of Indian Affairs Bryan Newland (Bay Mills Indian Community) on their first stop on the “Road to Healing” tour.
During this year-long tour, Haaland and Newland will hear stories from boarding school survivors and descendants. Recordings will be taken of these recounts to create an oral history journal.
The first stop is Riverside Indian School, one of the oldest federally-run boarding schools in the United States. Watch for Rickert’s on-site coverage.
Jenna Kunze, Senior Reporter
This week, Jenna followed Anastasia Ashouwak’s family as they retrieve her remains from the Carlisle Indian Residential School in Pennsylvania and bring them home to Alaska.
Anastasia Ashouwak was taken from her home on Kodiak Island, Alaska in 1901 to attend Carlisle. She came to Carlisle in fourth grade and died three years later of tuberculosis.
Today, 121 years later, Ashouwak is finally returned to her native village where she will be reburied. To celebrate the return of one of their missing children, there will be a potluck for the whole village. Kunze will be on hand from Pennsylvania to Kodiak to cover the event.
Andrew Kennard, Intern
Andrew Kennard attended a service honoring the memories and lives of Frank Green and Paul Wheelock of the Oneida Nation, who were buried at Carlisle Indian School in Carlisle, Pennsylvania over 120 years ago and were recently reunited with their families.
Kennard’s reporting from Oneida Nation will also be published on Native News Online next week.
Be sure to watch these important residential school stories and more on Native News Online.
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