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Journal Article

A Healing Journey

Denise Lajimodiere
Wicazo Sa Review
Vol. 27, No. 2 (Fall 2012), pp. 5-19
DOI: 10.5749/wicazosareview.27.2.0005
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Page Count: 15

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Topics: Boarding schools, Native Americans, Healing, Forts, Treaty lands, White people, Soul, School campuses, Bison, Fear
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This essay addresses the author's journey to find more information about her father's American Indian Industrial Boarding School experiences, and the legacy those experiences left with her family. She writes about the history of off-reservation boarding schools and Captain Richard Henry Pratt, who founded Carlisle, the first boarding school, and Captain Wilkerson, founder of the second boarding school, Chemawa, in Salem, Oregon. The author travels to Chemawa Industrial School in Salem and to the Sand Point National Archives in Seattle, Washington, searching for any records of his years at Chemawa. She speaks about her involvement in the National Boarding School Healing Project as an interviewer of boarding school survivors, documenting human rights abuses, and she writes about forgiveness during a White Bison boarding school healing ceremony.

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