- Summary of Government Reports. Excerpts from the three reports below. Full text of each is available from the links below.
- Meriam Report: The Problem of Indian Administration, Institute for Government Research Studies in Administration (1928). This 1928 government commissioned report details the horrible living conditions and their dangerous effects on the innocent children sent to Indian boarding schools.
- Indian Education: A National Tragedy – A National Challenge (Kennedy Report), Committee on Labor and Public Welfare, United States Senate made by its Special Subcommittee on Indian Education Pursuant to S. Res. 80, 91st Congress (Nov. 1969).
- Part Three Chapter 2: Child Sexual Abuse in Federal Indian Schools, A Report of the Special Committee on Investigations of the Select Committee on Indian Affairs, United States Senate, 101st Congress (Nov. 1989). This chapter from a special investigation discusses child sexual abuse in boarding schools in the 1970s and 1980s and the BIA’s complicity in allowing this horrific abuse to occur.
- Report on Industrial Schools for Indians and Half-Breeds, N.F. Davin, 3/14/1879. This “confidential” report to the Canadian Minister of the Interior served as the basis for modelling the Canadian residential schools after the United States boarding school policy. Very condemning evidence of approach and intent, from officials of both nations. Also includes the assignment of various regions to various denominations of Christian churches. Commonly called the “Davin Report.”
- Visualizing a Mission: Artifacts and Imagery of the Carlisle Indian School (1879-1918). 2004 exhibit catalogue, Dickinson College. Examines artifacts that illustrate how the nation’s first Native American boarding school was part of a larger process of government-led cultural assimilation.
- 1897 Commencement program for Carlisle Indian Industrial School. Note the titles of the orations given by the students and the depth of the cultural eradication efforts.
- Americanizing the American Indians: Writing by the “Friends of the Indian” 1880-1900, Francis Paul Prucha, ed., Harvard University Press 1973, Bison Books, Univ. of Nebraska Press 1978. (See the table of contents, chapters 6 and 9.)
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