Anishinaabe people, along with other indigenous peoples in the United States, are still trying to reckon with and heal from the deep historical traumas caused by colonization. One of the most calculated and long-term expression of the genocide on Native people here has been the forced removal of Native children to Boarding Schools. The Boarding School legacy here on the White Earth reservation is no exception, and organizations like the Niibi Center, in collaboration with partners from St. Benedicts College, are working to collect stories and facilitate historical trauma healing events. Many elders believe the only way to heal the legacy of trauma from these schools is to educate the younger generations through sharing their stories.
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“There was a lot lost at that time — loss of culture, loss of identity,” said Joe LaGarde, a White Earth tribal elder. “And that’s all a part of how you take a person’s land. You take away their identity. Once they lose that, it’s a lot easier to deal with them.”https://www.mprnews.org/story/2021/10/26/a-reckoning-monastic-order-apologizes-for-native-boarding-school