Euro-American Boarding School

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The Bureau of Indian Affairs removed tens of thousands of American Indian children from their homes in the late 19th and early 20th centuries to assimilate the youth into the dominant Euro-American culture. Although the schools provided education and vocational training, their primary intention was to deprive Indian children of their tribal culture, language, and appearance. There was a significant amount of abuse in the boarding schools with administrators, teachers, and staff often treating students harshly, including physical and sexual abuse and neglect. Moreover, children suffered serious illnesses and disease. Due to these harsh conditions many Indian youth returned home with mental and physical health problems that transcended for

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