If you are interested in becoming a member of the coalition, please fill out our Membership Application for NABS Healing Coalition_2016-17 and submit it by email to or by mail to:

National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition
P.O. Box 80510
Minneapolis, MN 55408

Regular membership is for members of tribes or tribal organizations, and associate membership is for anyone else. Being a member means you are willing to stand up and be counted as supporting our work, and we will have your information to help us keep you informed on our activities.


Christine Diindiisi McCleave, Executive Officer

Board of Directors

Jerilyn DeCoteau, President

Marlene Helgemo, 1st Vice Chair

Patricia Whitefoot, 2nd Vice Chair

Sarah Eagle Heart, Treasurer

Sandy White Hawk, Secretary

Jacob Davis

Denise Lajimodiere

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About Us

The National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition is comprised of individuals and organizations interested in supporting and working for healing from the United States’ and various Christian denominations’ Indian Boarding School policy.  A policy that was conceived in President Grant’s 1869 Peace Policy and carried out for the following 100 years. Although the policy in the United States has been formally  supplanted, the harms from various flaws and intentional effects of the policy continue to cause current, present harm to individuals, families, communities, and tribal nations. Because these harms go on untreated, and until now largely unacknowledged, both the descendants of those harmed and the descendants of those who caused injury are in need of healing. That is what we aim to help bring about.