Essay On Indian Boarding Schools

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Indian Boarding schools were created in the 1800s to “Kill the Indian, Save the Man.” They achieved this by transforming the natives looks, culture, language, and teaching them a certain way so they would be able to function in a “european society”. Indian boarding schools taught students both academic and “real world” skills, but they did so while ripping the indians from their culture.
Most indian boarding schools were the same with their tactics in transforming the native man into a white one. The transformation first started with getting rid of outside signs that were generally associated with being native, which included: long hair, outfits, and names. They were no longer allowed to speak their native language and had to learn english. Students were often treated very poorly, being put into a building too small for the amount attending the school, disobedient students would be beaten, as long as …show more content…

The school got its name form Lieutenant Edward Fitzgerald Beale, “Truxton” was his brothers first name and mother's maiden name. Truxton functioned as an Indian Boarding School from 1901 to 1937. When it opened, there was only 88 other indian boarding schools like it, making it large in size. Truxton came from the Hackberry Day School. In 1890, the government started sending Hualapai students in Fort Mohave to the day school, but the parents of the children disliked how far the school was from where they were residing. One year later, 2 students past away after school officials at Fort Mohave sent them and 10 others to Albuquerque, without the parents knowledge or approval, which provoked Native American parents to push for a school closer to home, which led to the discovery of the Hackberry Day School. The day school was very successful, but shut down due to illness. Soon after the shut down of the Hackberry Day School, they started the building process of Truxton

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