Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak (D) on Friday apologized for the state’s role in forcibly removing hundreds of Native American children from their families in the mid-19th and early 20th centuries. Renault Gazette Journal reports,
why it matters: Nevada, like other states at the time, participated in federal efforts to assimilate indigenous peoples into white society, helping to establish residential schools, where children from at least 200 different Aboriginal nations were taught their cultures and traditions daily. was forced to decline on grounds. many endured abuse and long-term trauma,
- The state was home to the Stewart Indian School, which is currently under investigation in an investigation led by Interior Secretary Deb Haaland.
What are they saying: “Although it was the federal government that established the policy of ‘kill the Indian to save the man,’ it was the state of Nevada that sold bonds to fund this school, and it is the state that now manages most of this land.” does,” Sisolak said at a news conference after meeting with Nevada tribal leaders and interior officials. per rgj,
- “On behalf of this state I want to apologize,” he said, describing history as “disgusting”.
- “Accepting this role won’t cure the pain… However, it’s just the beginning, and I’m proud to be taking the first step.”
- He said the state was cooperating fully with federal officials.
big picture: In June, the Biden administration announced an investigation into Indian boarding schools after the remains of 215 Indigenous children were found at the site of an old residential school in Canada.
- Bobby Rahder, director of the Stewart Indian School Cultural Center and Museum, said, “We want people to put this in perspective that what happened to Native children here in Stewart is what happened to thousands of other Native children at other boarding schools in other states.” happened together.” told RGJ in September,