By Neely Bardwell
Interior Secretary Deb Haaland and Assistant Indian Affairs Secretary Bryan Newland will make their second stop on their “Road to Healing Tour” in Pellston, Michigan on Saturday, August 13.
Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa (LTBB), located in Harbor Springs, MI, where the Holy Childhood Boarding School was located, organizes this event. All 35 tribal nations from Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Iowa were invited to participate in this listening session.
It is scheduled to start at 10 a.m. at Pellston Public Schools. Although it is open to the public, only survivors of the boarding school and their descendants will be able to testify.
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Like the session in Anadarko, Oklahoma, only the first hour of the event will be open to accredited members of the media. This session of the visit is estimated at approximately 6-7 hours.
Trauma-informed support will be available on-site during the event for anyone who may need it, as stories of experiences may be triggering for some.
This healing tour was launched after the release of Volume 1 of the Federal Indian Residential Schools Initiative. These sessions are intended to provide Indigenous survivors of the federal residential school system and their descendants with an opportunity to shed light on their experiences.
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